de·​clar·​a·​tive | \ di-ˈkler-ə-tiv \

Definition of declarative

: making a declaration : declaratory a declarative sentence

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Other Words from declarative

declaratively adverb

Examples of declarative in a Sentence

“They went to school” is a declarative sentence.

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Even the most declarative tracks suggest vulnerability. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Hollywood Africans’ by Jon Batiste Review: A Meditative Moment, Away From Late-Night TV’s Glare," 2 Oct. 2018 In an extraordinary new Hollywood mural, the artist who is known for often blunt, declarative works that use plain language and sharp graphic design in ruminative ways has amped up the rhetoric. Christopher Knight,, "Artist Barbara Kruger turns a bland building into a screaming statement. Time to listen up," 14 June 2018 The walls are filled with propaganda posters, bold in both design — primary colors, strong diagonals — and message — lots of declarative phrases ending in exclamation points, for example. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dressed to kill: War propaganda kimonos on view at the de Young," 11 May 2018 While the songs hold their own, with help from Jason Neri’s five-piece band, melodies do not linger, and lyrics are more declarative than witty. Hugh Hunter,, "In 'The Last Five Years,' a marriage's end is recounted in musical storytelling," 3 June 2018 Markle's numerous declarative statements about feminism and equality trumped tradition in this way and quite possibly set the tone for her role as a new member of the British Monarchy. Christina Coleman, Glamour, "A Gospel Choir and a Fiery Sermon: How the Royal Wedding Celebrated Meghan Markle's Identity," 19 May 2018 Yet putting monuments in context is anything but a simple, declarative act: power dynamics come into play. Smithsonian, "Are Museums the Right Home for Confederate Monuments?," 7 May 2018 The play felt like this declarative dissertation on the world, one that, in all its smarts and scope and lyrical associative logic, came to a grand conclusion. Richard Lawson, Vanities, "Review: Angels in America Returns to Broadway in All Its Triumph and Tragedy," 26 Mar. 2018 Parks understands the power of simple, declarative speeches. Christopher Arnott,, "'Father Comes From the Wars' A Long But Easy To Follow Journey At Yale Rep," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of declarative

1628, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of declarative

grammar : having the form of a statement rather than a question or a command


de·​clar·​a·​tive | \ di-ˈkler-ə-tiv \

Kids Definition of declarative

: making a statement a declarative sentence


de·​clar·​a·​tive | \ di-ˈklar-ət-iv, -ˈkler- \

Medical Definition of declarative

: being or comprising memory characterized by the conscious recall of facts and events — compare procedural

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