declaration

noun
dec·​la·​ra·​tion | \ ˌde-klə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce declaration (audio) \

Definition of declaration

1 : the act of declaring : announcement
2a : the first pleading in a common-law action
b : a statement made by a party to a legal transaction usually not under oath
3a : something that is declared a declaration of love
b : a document containing such 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Tuesday's declaration, which also pertains to businesses, supports Newsom's proclamation, activates additional conservation efforts and expands water efficiency programs. NBC News, 10 Nov. 2021 Burgum is asking that the Federal Emergency Management Agency issue a major disaster declaration for eight counties: Burke, Divide, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, LaMoure, Sioux and Williams. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2021 Some State Department officials are pushing for a genocide declaration in response to accounts of ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia, but no final determination has been made, according to people familiar with the matter. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 What is needed is wise public policy, not a declaration of the winner in a legal contest. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 There’s no video of her leaving, according to a Chula Vista police detective who wrote a declaration in support of a warrant for Larry Millete’s arrest. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 The Blink-182 rocker made the declaration in a new PDA post from October 11. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 12 Oct. 2021 After presenting a declaration from the Atlanta City Council in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, candidates grappled with the issue of public safety, which about 44% of respondents to a recent AJC poll identified as their top concern. Lautaro Grinspan, ajc, 6 Oct. 2021 Fall seasonal water schedule rules changed Sept. 1, and officials say water conservation is more crucial following the first-ever Colorado River water shortage declaration in August. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of declaration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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declaration

noun

English Language Learners 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

declaration

noun
dec·​la·​ra·​tion | \ ˌde-klə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce declaration (audio) \

Kids Definition of declaration

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

declaration

noun
dec·​la·​ra·​tion

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

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

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

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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