: 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
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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