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Topic: LAW

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Medieval Latin clausa 'end of a sentence', from Latin claudere; CLOSE1

clause

noun
     
clause S3 W2 [countable]
1SCL a part of a written law or legal document covering a particular subject of the whole law or document:
A confidentiality clause was added to the contract.
2SLG technical a group of words that contains a subject and a verb, but which is usually only part of a sentence
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