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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He's declaration—made on YouTube, as opposed to an academic setting—was widely condemned by the world's scientific community. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "CRISPR Baby Scientist Could Face Death Penalty, Colleague Fears," 8 Jan. 2019 Without a process, Trump and Kim will meet with likely no progress on either a peace declaration or denuclearization having actually been made by the end of it. Alex Ward, Vox, "North Korea is still building missiles despite Trump’s optimism.," 6 Dec. 2018 The Kids Are Alright invokes the spirit of protest, resistance, and declaration that so many young people embody today. Kimberly Mcallister, Teen Vogue, "Chloe x Halle Love Proving People Wrong," 14 June 2018 But the judge overseeing the case is considering declarations made by Warren and her brother. Paul Pringle, latimes.com, "Top USC medical school official feared dean was 'doing drugs' and alerted administration, he testifies," 6 June 2018 Others noted that the declaration made for good propaganda in advance of the upcoming talks. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "North Korea says that it will dismantle its nuclear test site this month," 12 May 2018 America’s carriers were there to oppose that declaration, and for days, fighters from both countries danced in an airborne extension of diplomatic tensions until two U.S. fighters entered into a deadly dogfight. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-14 Tomcat Is Such a Badass Plane," 3 May 2019 Under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, a declaration of national emergency... Elizabeth Goitein, WSJ, "Congress Considers Taking Back Its Power," 17 Mar. 2019 In spite of Trump’s rhetoric, the U.S. still signed the NATO summit’s 79-point declaration, which reaffirmed the American commitment to defend all its allies and condemned Russia for a long list of crimes and transgressions. Simon Shuster/tallinn, Time, "Trump Shakes Up NATO, but Eastern European Allies Aren't Stirred," 13 July 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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