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clause in Letters & punctuation topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishclauseclause /klɔːz $ klɒːz/ ●●○ AWL noun [countable]  1 SCLa 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.2 SLG 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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clauseThe agreement included a clause setting up a joint committee to oversee air quality.The law includes a clause which allows a delay of one and a half years for its application for some users.Courts ruled that prayer in school violates a clause of the First Amendment.A clause in the contract states when payment must be made.The compulsory clauses of the memorandum are only part of it.It also covers a selection of other contract clauses frequently encountered in many types of commercial agreement, for example confidentiality clauses.An important preliminary point is that the dividing line between an exclusion clause and a disclosure clause may be thin.In the sentence "Can you tell me what time it is?" 'Can you tell me' is the main clause, and 'what time it is' is a subordinate clause.We will go to the theatre tonight [main clause] if we can get tickets [subordinate clause].In many cases it may be impossible to predict with certainty whether or not a particular clause will be effective.Later, I had cause to be grateful for that clause.However, the clause did not make this clear.I was told that this clause would be removed from the contract.