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Delaney clause an amendment to a U.S. law that prohibits the use of food additives found to cause cancer in animals or humans.
dependent clause a clause that is syntactically not a complete sentence and is used only with an independent clause where it has the function of a noun, adjective, or adverb, such as "when he arrived" in "He seemed tired when he arrived"; subordinate clause; relative clause.
escalator clause a clause in a contract that provides for adjustment in prices, wages, and the like, based on changes in production costs, the cost of living, or the like.
grandfather clause a clause in certain laws, agreements, or the like that exempts from a control or restriction those already engaged in an act that the new law now forbids. [2 definitions]
independent clause in grammar, a clause that can function independently as a complete sentence; main clause.
main clause in grammar, esp. in a sentence that contains more than one clause, a clause that can function by itself as a sentence; independent clause.
Necessary and Proper Clause the provision in the U.S. Constitution that Congress will have the power to make laws that are necessary and proper for executing the powers vested by the Constitution.
relative clause in grammar, a dependent clause that modifies the word or word group that precedes it, such as "who came in" in "I knew the person who came in".
reserve clause a condition in some professional sports contracts that provides for a one-year extension at the team owner's option.
subordinate clause in grammar, a clause that modifies the main clause of a sentence, such as "before I left" in "Before I left, I checked the locks".