dependent clause

dependent clause
n.
Gram. a clause that cannot function syntactically as a complete sentence by itself but has a nominal, adjectival, or adverbial function within a larger sentence; subordinate clause (Ex.: She will visit us if she can.): distinguished from INDEPENDENT CLAUSE

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