noun dec·la·ra·tion \ˌde-klə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of declaration

  1. 1 :  the act of declaring :  announcement

  2. 2a :  the first pleading in a common-law actionb :  a statement made by a party to a legal transaction usually not under oath

  3. 3a :  something that is declared a declaration of loveb :  a document containing such a declaration

Examples of declaration in a sentence

  1. The government has made a declaration of war on its enemies.

  2. The case was ended by declaration of a mistrial.

  3. You will need to make a declaration of your income.

15th Century

First Known Use of declaration

15th century

DECLARATION Defined for English Language Learners


noun dec·la·ra·tion \ˌde-klə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of declaration for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun dec·la·ra·tion \ˌde-klə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of declaration for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of formally or confidently stating something

  2. 2 :  something formally or confidently stated or a document containing such a statement the Declaration of Independence

Law Dictionary


noun dec·la·ra·tion

Legal Definition of declaration

  1. 1 :  the act of declaring declaration of dividends declaration of war

  2. 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. 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. 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. 5 :  declaratory judgment at judgment 1a

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