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[dek-luh-rey-shuh n] /ˌdɛk ləˈreɪ ʃən/
the act of declaring; announcement:
a declaration of a dividend.
a positive, explicit, or formal statement; proclamation:
a declaration of war.
something that is announced, avowed, or proclaimed.
a document embodying or displaying an announcement or proclamation:
He posted the declaration in a public place.
  1. a formal statement presenting the plaintiff's claim in an action.
  2. a complaint.
  3. a statement, especially by a witness.
  4. a statement made to an official.
  1. Bridge. a bid, especially the successful bid.
  2. the statement during the game of the points earned by a player, in bezique or other games.
a statement of goods, income, etc., especially for the assessment of duty, tax, or the like.
Origin of declaration
1300-50; Middle English declaracioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēclārātiōn- (stem of dēclārātiō) explanation, equivalent to dēclārāt(us) (past participle of dēclārāre to explain, declare; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
counterdeclaration, noun
nondeclaration, noun
predeclaration, noun
redeclaration, noun
4. notice, bulletin; manifesto, edict. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for declaration
  • His declaration of this belief caused, he admitted, profound shock to those who knew him only as a sceptic.
  • It is a laudable declaration from an incredibly sophisticated political scientist.
  • The declaration proved compelling as a statement of principles, but too general and vague to be useful as a legal instrument.
  • But a declaration of victory for safe, clean water is highly premature.
  • It had said last month it was hoping to achieve a cold shutdown within the year but had not made a formal declaration.
  • When returning from abroad, you must complete a customs declaration form.
  • But even before the meeting begins, some critics are saying that the declaration that is.
  • As profound a declaration as this is, it means nothing.
  • Onlookers are utterly subordinated to the dominating and exotic declaration.
  • Her statement said the requirement of an exigency declaration remains in place under university policy.
British Dictionary definitions for declaration


an explicit or emphatic statement
a formal statement or announcement; proclamation
the act of declaring
the ruling of a judge or court on a question of law, esp in the chancery division of the High Court
(law) an unsworn statement of a witness admissible in evidence under certain conditions See also statutory declaration
(cricket) the voluntary closure of an innings before all ten wickets have fallen
(contract bridge) the final contract
a statement or inventory of goods, etc, submitted for tax assessment: a customs declaration
(cards) an announcement of points made after taking a trick, as in bezique
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Word Origin and History for declaration

mid-14c., "action of stating," from Old French declaration, from Latin declarationem (nominative declaratio), noun of action from past participle stem of declarare (see declare). Meaning "proclamation, public statement" is from 1650s. Declaration of independence is recorded from 1776 (the one by the British American colonies seems to be the first so called; though the phrase is not in the document itself, it was titled that from the first in the press).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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