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[pruh-nouns-muh nt] /prəˈnaʊns mənt/
a formal or authoritative statement.
an opinion or decision.
act of pronouncing.
Origin of pronouncement
1585-95; pronounce + -ment
Related forms
prepronouncement, noun Unabridged
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  • His is the voice of authority, of donnish pronouncement.
  • Furthermore, if recessions can feature lengthy upturns perhaps the panel should have waited even longer to make its pronouncement.
  • It was the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in history.
British Dictionary definitions for pronouncement


an official or authoritative statement or announcement
the act of pronouncing, declaring, or uttering formally
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Word Origin and History for pronouncement

1590s, from pronounce + -ment.

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