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

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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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Republicans are on the brink of attaining enough support for a resolution to disapprove of the declaration, potentially forcing Mr. Trump to use his veto power for the first time. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Senate Republicans Urge Trump to Retreat on Emergency Declaration," 28 Feb. 2019 Trump’s use of the emergency declaration has drawn bipartisan criticism and is already facing a number of legal challenges. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency," 20 Feb. 2019 The show's teaser trailer, which does not mention President Trump by name, spins a fictional story out of the June 18 declaration. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's Going to Be a TV Show About Space Force," 16 Jan. 2019 That's been exacerbated by short-term roster decisions that fly in the face of Duquette's early-June declaration that the team would focus on the future. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "How did this happen? Orioles players examine why this season spun out of control," 24 June 2018 In light of the legendary guitar company's bankruptcy declaration, a look at its most famous ambassadors. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "11 Guitarists Who Rock Gibson Guitars, From Chuck Berry to Dave Grohl," 2 May 2018 For many observers, Trump’s choice of words was immediately evocative of a similar declaration made by President George W. Bush on May 1, 2003. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Trump Declares 'Mission Accomplished' In Syria, And Critics Remember Iraq," 14 Apr. 2018 There’s no appetite for government shutdowns and there’s not much appetite for an emergency declaration. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "GOP leaders signal no taste for renewing shutdown over wall," 29 Jan. 2019 Nycha’s beleaguered chairwoman, Shola Olatoye, announced her resignation on April 10, a week after Mr. Cuomo signed the emergency declaration. New York Times, "10 Days Left, but No Decision on Public Housing Monitor," 22 May 2018

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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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