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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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  • The first thing that strikes one about no-first-use is that it belongs to the declaratory school of diplomacy.
  • No action or proceeding is open to objection on the ground that a declaratory judgment or decree is prayed for under this chapter.
British Dictionary definitions for declaratory

declaratory

/dɪˈklærətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
another word for declarative
2.
(law)
  1. (of a statute) stating the existing law on a particular subject; explanatory
  2. (of a decree or judgment) stating the rights of the parties without specifying the action to be taken
Derived Forms
declaratorily, adverb

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 declaratory
adj.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin declaratorius, from Latin declarator, from declarare (see declare).

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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