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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Recent Examples on the Web Knowlton and McCormick are demanding compensation, a declaration that the city's practice of declaring unlawful assemblies violates the First and Fourth constitutional amendments and a jury trial, among other demands. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Wauwatosa residents are suing the city, mayor and police chief over the October curfew," 27 Nov. 2020 Ehlinger’s declaration was premature, at least in the sense of Texas recapturing the glory of the Mack Brown years. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Sam Ehlinger has another chance to bring Texas back," 26 Nov. 2020 After years of denying allegations of lax financial oversight, the National Rifle Association has made a stunning declaration in a new tax filing: Current and former executives used the nonprofit group’s money for personal benefit and enrichment. Beth Reinhard, Anchorage Daily News, "NRA reports alleged misspending by current and former executives to IRS," 25 Nov. 2020 The process requires that the landowners eventually receive compensation, but the government immediately assumes legal authority over the property after filing a declaration in federal court. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "New report details Trump effort to seize thousands of acres of private land for border wall," 24 Nov. 2020 The tenant submitted a renter’s declaration under the CDC rule, causing the local city court to refuse to compel eviction, the lawsuit states. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana landlord sues Trump administration over eviction ban," 19 Nov. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's eviction ban, issued Sept. 1, temporarily halts residential evictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and requires tenants to meet certain criteria and submit a declaration. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit court's closure means for landlords and tenants," 19 Nov. 2020 The company claimed any such declaration would follow rather than precede the election. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Left Politicizes COVID: Irony Abounds," 19 Nov. 2020 The dismissal of Christopher Krebs, director of DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, follows the agency's declaration that the general election was the most secure in U.S. history. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Fauci would take a vaccine. Would you take a vaccine for Fauci?," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of declaration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Declaration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/declaration. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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declaration

noun
How to pronounce declaration (audio)

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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