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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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Delaware--It is no surprise that business-friendly Delaware is more supportive of nonreliance clauses than many other jurisdictions.
11) These cases and others gave the impression that Delaware courts needed to see "magic language" in contracts to enforce disclaimer clauses.
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A question that has arisen is whether the clause is still valid in the light of the Philippine Competition Act (PCA).
Acquisition of relative clauses in early and late language development has been the subject of intense research.
C'est dans ce contexte de desarroi que l'auteur propose comme solution de rechange les clauses de type <<conge de jardinage>>.
Because the dispute resolution clause can sometimes be an afterthought when the major points of negotiation have been addressed and the deal is considered done, it is frequently referred to as a "midnight" or "champagne" clause.
After studying the overall distribution of tenses, aspects and modality in temporal since clauses, Benedicte Guillaume concludes that the range of verbal markers compatible with such clauses is more limited than that of the causal clauses.
That allows a beneficiary to launch a contest without triggering the trust's no-contest clause -- and risking the loss of his or her inheritance.
the obligation to execute the contract) also terminates and consequently any other obligations set out in the said contract, including the Liquidated Damages clause (the "LD") and/or the penalty clause, shall terminate and cannot be applied anymore.
The present study attempts to find out whether the legal genres under analysis differ in terms of their employment of gerundial and present participial clauses and subsequently to account for the detected differences by considering the functions of the -ing clauses in the contexts in which they are used.