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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The statement is the latest rebuke of Mr. Trump by former national security officials and is intended to bolster lawsuits challenging the emergency declaration. ... Dustin Volz And Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Former National Security Officials Challenge Trump’s Emergency Declaration," 25 Feb. 2019 The declaration showed not only her passion for the arts, but also reflected leaner times for Lake and her husband, Hymen, who died in 2010. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Outspoken and stylish, Harriett Lake was devoted to the arts," 10 July 2018 Officials said if the declaration is granted, towns will be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of eligible costs. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Gov. Malloy Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration For May Storms, Tornadoes," 9 July 2018 The declaration came in response to reports that men under the age of 30 were being prevented from boarding international flights. The Economist, "Turkmenistan finds a novel solution to mass emigration," 5 July 2018 Twelve of thirteen states approved a resolution for independence on July 2, not July 4, when the declaration was actually adopted. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "9 things you didn't know about the Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 There are 47 portraits in the version that hangs in the Capitol Rotunda (though 56 men actually signed the Declaration), and the committee is shown presenting the declaration to John Hancock, who was the president of the Continental Congress. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "This Painting Is Probably How You Imagine the Original Fourth of July. Here's What's Wrong With It," 3 July 2018 The declarations does not detail a process for reuniting families prior to deportation and says family residential centers where children and parents can be detained together have limitations. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego judge weighs court order to reunite separated families," 26 June 2018 City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen said over 170 emails for and against the declaration poured into the clerk's office Monday. Author: Renee Gross, Anchorage Daily News, "Homer council members boycott meeting over mayor’s ‘Pride Month’ proclamation," 13 June 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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