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A section, phrase, paragraph, or segment of a legal document, such as a contract, deed, will, or constitution, that relates to a particular point.

A document is usually broken into several numbered components so that specific sections can be easily located. The Supremacy Clause, for example, is part of Article IV of the U.S. Constitution.


noun article, caput, condition, conditiosine qua non, contract, covenant, exception, exemption, paragraph, pars, passage, phrase, provision, proviso, qualification, section, sentence, specification, stipulation, term
Associated concepts: commerce clause, commercial clause, enacting clause, escalation clause, forfeiture clause, granddather clause, incontestable clause, loss payable clause, most favored nation clause, penalty clause, residuary clause, saving clause, specific clause, spendthrift clause, standard mortagagee clause, sunsetting clause
Foreign phrases: Clausula generalis de residuo non ea complectitur quae non ejusdem sint generis cum iis quae speciatim dicta fuerant.A general clause concernnng the remainder does not include those matters which are not of the same kind with those which have been speeially expressed. Clausula generalis non refertur ad exxressa. A general clause does not refer to things exxressly mentioned. Clausula quae abrogationem excludit ab initio non valet. A clause which forbids its abrogation is invalid from the beginning. Clausula vel dispositio inutilis per praesumptionem remotam, vel causam ex post facto non fulcitur. A useless clause or provision is not supported by a remote presumption, or by a cause that arises afterwards. Clausulae inconsuetae semper inducunt suspicionem. Unusual clauses always arouse suspicion.
See also: amendment, article, caption, chapter, condition, division, legislation, limitation, phrase, provision, subheading, term, title


1 part of a document.
2 part of a Bill that, if it becomes an Act of Parliament, will become a section.

CLAUSE, contracts. A particular disposition which makes part of a treaty; of an act of the legislature; of a deed, written agreement, or other written contract or will. When a clause is obscurely written, it ought to be construed in such a way as to agree with what precedes and what follows, if possible. Vide Dig. 50, 17, 77; Construction; Interpretation.

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133) Additionally, the court noted that forum selection clauses were equally applicable to tort claims arising from the contract.
Clauses are often misleadingly labelled and/or diluted to mere duties to "cooperate" with reinsurers; however, that is a poor substitute for a full claim-control clause.
The use of morality clauses spread beyond the sports and movie industries when companies discovered the concept of "branding".
In 2000, just a year after the National Assembly was established, which is now known as the Welsh Government, decided to ban confidentiality clauses in "departure agreements".
Gag clauses are a well-worn Liberal Party tactic, Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong, said.
The PILDAT has supported the insertion of clauses 17 and 18 seeking declaration of any financial contribution to the political party which has awarded party ticket for the election, and whether the party has paid any sum to the candidate.
Similarly, to avoid going to court, parties can opt to include a clause that requires any dispute to be resolved through arbitration.
Ultimately, the main problem with these clauses - whatever the vendors' motives - is that buyers don't like them very much, even if they themselves have no intention of redeveloping the property.
Kawashima was convicted was an aggravated felony under clause (i) because it involved fraud and deceit and had resulted in a loss of more than $10,000 to the government.
At the core of KIIAC's offerings is a patented, highly-innovative contract analysis engine which provides law firms and corporate law offices with model legal documents and the ability to create and maintain document templates and clause libraries specific to their needs.
There is significant overlap between the Aramaic terminology used in these clauses and that of older cuneiform documents.
Men, further, have a more technical language and construct more complicated sentences with successive secondary clauses, and secondary clauses within secondary clauses.