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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.

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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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There were no significant differences between children with HFA and children with TD in clausal density, 1(11.365) = 2.03 and p = .066, solicited causal statements/C-unit, 1(18.037) = 1.63 and p = .121, or the number of "Why" questions, 1(9.334) = -0.29 and p = .775.
Additionally, these inferences are revealed more obviously at clausal level than at lexical level, as witnessed by the finding that more clauses (6 of 10) are influenced in subtitles at the compositional level than in subtitles at the representational level (7 of 34) and the interactive level (7 of 35).
On the one hand, this clausal pattern shows a very low frequency of occurrence in present-day British English due, mainly, to the redundancy inherent in the construction itself: only 1,169 COCs have been found in a corpus of 136,032 examples, a figure that represents just 0.85% of the total.
Moshavi builds her case upon a number of instances where the so-called negative interrogative particle does not conform to the rules of normal word order for Hebrew finite clauses, but instead resembles the syntactic behavior of other presentative particles (i.e., clausal adverbs).
Adopting the clausal structure that she proposes, (28a) could be initially represented as follows:
In addition, Emai shows an extensive array of preverbs (Schaefer and Egbokhare 2000), many of them adverb like, that affect interpretation of clausal event (che 'again,' ya 'almost,' duu 'for no reason,' kakegbe 'perseveringly,' kpao 'initially') or a core participant (zemi 'very many,' gba 'together').
This list comprised of two sections: hedges and boosters each of which comprised of six grammatical classes: modal verbs, lexical verbs, adverbs, adjectives, nouns, and clausal elements.
This volume addresses questions about the relationship between language and other cognitive ability by examining the linguistic codification of spatial relations, which in most cases is not concentrated in a simple component of linguistic expression, but distributed across a series of clausal elements, each of which denotes only one aspect of the spatial situation being described.
The first is the clausal level (CL), which includes cue phrases and lexical clues [3] and semantic similarity [4].