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declarative

[dih-klar-uh-tiv] /dɪˈklær ə tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to declare, make known, or explain:
a declarative statement.
Also, declaratory
[dih-klar-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈklær əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin dēclārātīvus explanatory, equivalent to dēclārāt(us) (see declaration) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
declaratively, adverb
nondeclarative, adjective
nondeclaratively, adverb
nondeclaratory, adjective
undeclarative, adjective
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Examples from the web for declarative
  • Such a bold declarative statement has the power of persuasion.
  • One, known variously as explicit or declarative memory, records the salient details of an individual's life.
  • declarative sentences should accompany their drawings that accurately describe the adaptations.
  • It turns a strong declarative statement into a question, conveying weakness, uncertainty and a request for approval.
  • They can handle a simple declarative sentence consisting of short, common words.
  • The more certain and declarative the tone, the more foolish the writer, regardless of whether they happen to be right.
  • And the other problem is the application of declarative sentences to describe what can't be known.
  • She is a big fan of declarative sentences and of building up from consensus.
  • He talks in simple, declarative sentences that are heavy on monosyllables.
  • Moral judgments have the form of ordinary declarative sentences and obey the usual laws of logic.
British Dictionary definitions for declarative

declarative

/dɪˈklærətɪv/
adjective
1.
making or having the nature of a declaration
Derived Forms
declaratively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for declarative
adj.

mid-15c., from French déclaratif and directly from Late Latin declarativus, from past participle stem of Latin declarare (see declare).

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