dec·​la·​ra·​tion ˌde-klə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce declaration (audio)
: the act of declaring : announcement
: the first pleading in a common-law action
: a statement made by a party to a legal transaction usually not under oath
: something that is declared
a declaration of love
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The State Department has used its daily briefings to read out declarations of support from countries in Europe, the Mideast and elsewhere, including Morocco, Saudi Arabia, France and Britain. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 From the low hills of northwest Georgia to a veterans’ retreat in Alaska to suburban New Hampshire, the corners of conservative America resounded with anger over the New York jury’s declaration that former President Donald J. Trump was guilty. Richard Fausset, New York Times, 1 June 2024 The enclosed is a declaration of the whole country. Natan Ehrenreich, National Review, 31 May 2024 The first is the declaration of intent that triggers accountability. Frederick Reimers, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for declaration 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of declaration was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Declaration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


dec·​la·​ra·​tion ˌdek-lə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce declaration (audio)
: the act of declaring : announcement
: something declared or a document containing such a declaration
the Declaration of Independence

Legal Definition


: the act of declaring
declaration of dividends
declaration of war
: the first pleading in a common-law action compare complaint, indictment
: 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 debtorJ. H. Williamson
: 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.

: something that is declared: as
: a statement proclaiming the principles, aims, or policies of a group or government
declaration of rights
compare constitution, proclamation
: 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
: a statement of information (as year, make, and model) regarding the subject (as a car) and coverage of an insurance policy
: 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
: declaratory judgment at judgment 1a

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