List of clauses of the United States Constitution

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The United States Constitution and its amendments comprise hundreds of clauses which outline the functioning of the United States Federal Government, the political relationship between the states and the national government, and affect how the United States federal court system interprets the law. When a particular clause becomes an important or contentious issue of law, it is given a name for ease of reference.


Clauses within the Articles[edit]

Clause Name Article Section Clause
1808 Clause[1] I 9 1
Admissions Clause IV 3 1
Advice and Consent Clause II 2 2
Appointments Clause II 2 2
Arisings Clause[1] III 2 1
Basket Clause I 8 18
Case or Controversy Clause III 2 1
Coefficient Clause I 8 18
Comity Clause IV 2 1
Commerce Clause I 8 3
Common Defense I 8 1
Compact Clause I 10 3
Contract Clause I 10 1
Copyright Clause I 8 8
Diversity (of Citizenship) Clause[1] III 2 1
Elastic Clause I 8 18
Emoluments Clause I 6 2
Emolument Clause I 9 8
Enclave Clause[1] I 8 17
Excepting Clause[1] II 2 2
Exceptions Clause III 2 2
Export Clause I 10 2
Extradition Clause IV 2 2
Faithful Execution Clause II 3

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Foreign Commerce Clause[1] I 8 3
Fugitive Slave Clause IV 2 3
Full Faith and Credit Clause IV 1
General Welfare Clause I 8 1
Guarantee Clause IV 4
Impeachment Clause[1] II 4
Impeachment Clause (Power to Impeach)[1] I 2 5
Impeachment Clause (Effect of)[1] I 3 7
Implied Powers Clause[1] I 8 18
Import/Export Clause I 10 2
Incompatibility Clause I 6 2
Indian Commerce Clause I 8 3
Ineligibility Clause I 6 2
Interstate Commerce Clause I 8 3
Loyalty Clause VI 3
Migration or Importation Clause[1] I 9 1
Naturalization Clause I 8 4
Necessary and Proper Clause I 8 18
New States IV 3 1
Orders, Resolutions, and Votes Clause I 7 3
Origination Clause I 7 1
Presentment Clause I 7 2-3
Privileges and Immunities Clause IV 2 1
Property Clause[1] IV 3 2
Qualifications Clause[1] I 2 1
Qualifications (of Senators) Clause[1] I 3 3
Qualifications Clause (for Presidency)[1] II 1 5
Reception Clause II 3 4
Republican Form Clause IV 4
Revenue Clause I 7 1
Sinecure Clause I 6 2
Speech or Debate Clause I 6 1
Spending Clause I 8 1
Supremacy Clause VI 2
Suspension Clause[1] I 9 2
Sweeping Clause I 8 18
Take Care Clause[1] II 3
Taxing and Spending Clause I 8 1
Territorial Clause[1] IV 3 2
Three-Fifths Clause I 2 3
Title of Nobility Clause (federal)[2]:139 I 9 8
Tonnage Clause[1] I 10 3
Treaty Clause II 2 2
Uniformity Clause I 8 1
Vesting Clause (Legislative) I 1
Vesting Clause (Executive) II 1
Vesting Clause (Judicial) III 1
War Powers Clause I 8 11
Weights and Measures Clause[2]:21 I 8


Clauses within the Amendments[edit]

First Amendment[edit]

Fourth Amendment[edit]

Fifth Amendment[edit]

Sixth Amendment[edit]

Eighth Amendment[edit]

Fourteenth Amendment[edit]

Recurring Clauses[edit]

References[edit]

  • Garner, Devotion. Nyberg, Cheryl (ed.). "Popular Names of Constitutional Provisions". Gallagher Law Library. University of Washington School of Law. Retrieved 30 January 2017.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Citation needed. (See the notice atop this article for further information.)
  2. ^ a b Wexler, Jay (2011). The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of its Most Curious Provisions. Boston: Beacon Press. ISBN 9780807000908.