Simple Definition of declaration
: the act of making an official statement about something : the act of declaring something
: something that is stated or made known in an official or public way
: a document that contains an official statement : a document that makes a declaration
Examples of declaration in a sentence
The government has made a declaration of war on its enemies.
The case was ended by declaration of a mistrial.
You will need to make a declaration of your income.
First Known Use of declaration
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Definition of declaration for Students
1 : an act of formally or confidently stating something
2 : something formally or confidently stated or a document containing such a statement <the Declaration of Independence>
Legal Definition of declaration
1 : the act of declaring <declaration of dividends> <declaration of war>
2a : the first pleading in a common-law action — compare complaint, indictment b : a statement usually not under oath made by a party to a legal transaction <the attorney must later sign an affidavit or declaration stating that he has informed the debtor — J. H. Williamson> c : a statement not under oath being offered as evidence declaration against interest : a statement made by someone unavailable as a witness that is against that person's own interests (as pecuniary or property interests) or may subject that person to liability — compare admission, confession, self-incrimination Editor's note: A declaration against interest is an exception to the hearsay rule. If it is offered in a criminal case and tends to expose the declarant to criminal liability it is not admissible unless supported by corroborating circumstances that clearly indicate the trustworthiness of the statement. dying declaration : a statement that is made by a person who firmly believes that he or she is about to die and has no hope of recovery and that concerns the circumstances or cause of the presumed death — compare excited utterance, res gestae Editor's note: Dying declarations are an exception to the hearsay rule and can be admitted as evidence only if the declarant is unavailable as a witness. self–serving declaration : a statement made out of court that is in the declarant's own interest spontaneous declaration \spän-ˈtā-nē-əs-\ : an excited utterance that is made without time for fabrication —called also spontaneous exclamation, spontaneous utterance — compare res gestae Editor's note: Spontaneous declarations are exceptions to the hearsay rule under the excited utterance exception.
3 : something that is declared: as a : a statement proclaiming the principles, aims, or policies of a group or government <declaration of rights> — compare constitution, proclamation b : a statement of the value of property that is subject to a tax (as a duty); also : a statement of the amount of tax estimated to be due (as on property or income) — see also estimated tax — compare return c : a statement of information (as year, make, and model) regarding the subject (as a car) and coverage of an insurance policy
4 : a statement creating or giving notice of the creation of a legal entity, relationship, or status; also : the instrument embodying such a statement declaration of condominium : a declaration of the creation of a condominium that includes a description of the common and individual interests and obligations — compare master deed at deed declaration of homestead : a declaration by a qualified property owner by which the protection of a homestead exemption is effectuated declaration of trust : a declaration by one holding or taking title to property in which he or she acknowledges that the property is held in trust for another
5 : declaratory judgment at judgment 1a
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