dec·​la·​ra·​tion | \ˌde-klə-ˈrā-shən \

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

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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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Required: Current Florida driver's license or Florida ID card; and voter registration card or declaration of domicile. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Deerfield and Pompano Beach area events, July 11-21," 10 July 2018 That prospect set off a wave of anger from those who considered Brexit a ringing declaration of independence from the bureaucracy in Brussels. Laura King,, "British Prime Minister May's government appears in turmoil amid resignations tied to Brexit," 9 July 2018 One of his goals: A declaration of specific steps North Korea can take to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump thinks things are 'going well' with North Korea - others are skeptical," 3 July 2018 However, many observers outside the investigation are unsatisfied with this declaration of surrender. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "What If They Were Looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Wrong Place All Along?," 8 June 2018 Mr Sánchez supported Mr Rajoy’s imposition of direct rule after Mr Puigdemont’s unilateral declaration of independence. The Economist, "Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, assembles a reassuring team," 7 June 2018 Rumors have been circulating over who is responsible for the leak, and chatter about aides looking for the exits has picked up, though previous declarations of crackdowns did not yield shake-ups or end the leaks. CBS News, "White House threatens firings after leak of John McCain comment," 18 May 2018 The School Reform Commission was formed the next day, triggered by a formal declaration of fiscal distress in the school system., "For Philly's new school board: Lessons from the SRC's 17 years," 1 July 2018 Instagram Earlier this month, Davidson made a very permanent declaration of his love for Grande with two tattoos in tribute to the singer. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Pete Davidson Pulled a Ross Geller on His Ex-Girlfriend to Get with Ariana Grande," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of declaration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


dec·​la·​ra·​tion | \ˌde-klə-ˈrā-shən \

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



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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