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.
a formal statement presenting the plaintiff's claim in an action.
a complaint.
a statement, especially by a witness.
a statement made to an official.
Bridge. a bid, especially the successful bid.
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.

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

counterdeclaration, noun
nondeclaration, noun
predeclaration, noun
redeclaration, noun

4. notice, bulletin; manifesto, edict. Unabridged
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declaration (ˌdɛkləˈreɪʃən)
1.  an explicit or emphatic statement
2.  a formal statement or announcement; proclamation
3.  the act of declaring
4.  the ruling of a judge or court on a question of law, esp in the chancery division of the High Court
5.  law See also statutory declaration an unsworn statement of a witness admissible in evidence under certain conditions
6.  cricket the voluntary closure of an innings before all ten wickets have fallen
7.  contract bridge the final contract
8.  a statement or inventory of goods, etc, submitted for tax assessment: a customs declaration
9.  cards an announcement of points made after taking a trick, as in bezique

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "action of stating," from Fr. déclaration, from L. declarationem, noun of action from 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).
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Example sentences
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
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.
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