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Clauses are groups of words that contain both a subject and a predicate.

There are two main types of clauses: independent clauses, which can function independently as sentences, and dependent clauses, which depend on an independent clause to form a sentence.

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Law a section of a legal document such as a contract, will, or draft statute



a technical legal term used to denote:

(1) Each individual provision or condition in such documents as constitutions, statutes, declarations, laws, treaties, resolutions, and instructions.

(2) In the narrow sense, a special provision or reservation attached to a treaty.


(computer science)
A part of a statement in the COBOL language which may describe the structure of an elementary item, give initial values to items in independent and group work areas, or redefine data previously defined by another clause.


In the AIA documents, a subdivision of a subparagraph, identified by four numerals, e.g.,


A logical formula in conjunctive normal form, which has the schema

p1 ^ ...^ pm => q1 V ... V qn.

or, equivalently,

~p1 V ... V ~pn V q1 V ... V qn,

where pi and qi are atoms.

The operators ~, ^, V, => are connectives, where ~ stands for negation, ^ for conjunction, V for disjunction and => for implication.


A part of a sentence (or programming language statement) that does not constitute a full sentence, e.g. an adjectival clause in human language or a WHERE clause in a SQL statement.
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And making this concession, I affirm that (with the sole exception of duties on imports and exports) they would, under the plan of the convention, retain that authority in the most absolute and unqualified sense; and that an attempt on the part of the national government to abridge them in the exercise of it, would be a violent assumption of power, unwarranted by any article or clause of its Constitution.
These three cases of exclusive jurisdiction in the federal government may be exemplified by the following instances: The last clause but one in the eighth section of the first article provides expressly that Congress shall exercise "EXCLUSIVE LEGISLATION" over the district to be appropriated as the seat of government.
There is plainly no expression in the granting clause which makes that power EXCLUSIVE in the Union.
He might see a reason for his friend's strange preference or bondage (call it which you please) and even for the startling clause of the will.
And I desire that my said sister may be informed, by means of a true copy of this, the third and last clause of my Will, that I give the Diamond to her daughter Rachel, in token of my free forgiveness of the injury which her conduct towards me has been the means of inflicting on my reputation in my lifetime; and especially in proof that I pardon, as becomes a dying man, the insult offered to me as an officer and a gentleman, when her servant, by her orders, closed the door of her house against me, on the occasion of her daughter's birthday.
His objections, in general, proved to be of the most trifling and technical kind, until he came to the clause relating to the twenty thousand pounds.
I maintain the clause to which you object, exactly as it stands.
I wrote by that day's post, and put the case before him exactly as it stood, not only urging every argument I could think of to induce him to maintain the clause as I had drawn it, but stating to him plainly the mercenary motive which was at the bottom of the opposition to my settlement of the twenty thousand pounds.
You maintain your note on the clause, then, to the letter?
The latter clauses of these special instructions he addressed to the fire, as he gave it back the ashes he had taken from it, and replaced the shovel.
The court suggested the willingness of certain courts to enforce forum selection clauses against affiliates of signatories in appropriate circumstances deterred evasion of such clauses by the parties.
Reinsurers should protect their ability to handle claims through the use of effective claims-control clauses.