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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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3d at 440-42 (explaining different hypothetical situations which show how non-parties can evade being bound to the clause under a literal approach of interpreting forum selection clauses).
Where another law governs the contract, underwriters should take advice as to whether the sanctions in the claims control clause will be effective.
The Callaway Golf Company included a clause in an endorsement agreement with John Daly, a professional golfer, allowing it to terminate their agreement if he engaged in any gambling or drinking activities.
But trying to get us to sign what amounts to a gagging clause is wrong, especially when the Welsh Government said all that time ago that it shouldn't happen.
How have elected representatives performed their responsibilities is to only be judged by the voters who can choose to return their candidate to the Assemblies or vote them out," PILDAT said suggesting removal of the clause from the nomination form.
Litigator Nicole Nehama Auerbach of Valorem Law Group explains that there are certain contractual clauses companies should consider for inclusion in their contracts that can make a difference in the face of litigation.
Not surprisingly, clauses of this type became increasingly common during the recent boom.
7206(1) and are not themselves formal elements of the crime, it did not mean that the Kawashimas' offenses fell outside of clause (i).
Gross includes the warranty clause within the larger category of "contingency clauses.
These differences are observable in the frequency of main and secondary clauses (i.
i) in clause (e), after the word partnership the words and comma or for public sector power projects, shall be inserted; and
severability of a rule expressed in a severability clause.