1. Grammar A group of words containing a subject and a predicate and forming part of a compound or complex sentence.
2. A distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin clausa, close of a rhetorical period, from feminine of Latin clausus, past participle of claudere, to close.]
clausal (klôzəl) adj.
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