declarative

adjective
de·​clar·​a·​tive | \ di-ˈkler-ə-tiv How to pronounce declarative (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Omni-Man doesn’t need villain music when his actions are so declarative, and when the massacre ends, the silence lingers over the closing credits. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 26 Mar. 2021 The show’s poetic title—at once searching, declarative, and ambivalent—is fitting for an artist that wrestles with questions of race, time, identity, and the universe. Ian Malone, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2021 That's compared to declarative memory, which includes the recollection of facts and events, such as remembering faces or places and events from your past. BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2021 On the title track, now a jazz standard, his trombone plays a central role in carrying the bold, declarative melody. New York Times, 14 May 2021 That’s compared to declarative memory, which includes the recollection of facts and events, such as remembering faces or places and events from your past. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 The International Energy Agency understands the mission, forcing it to make a declarative statement — that fossil fuel funding must go. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 23 May 2021 There is a declarative, clean aspect to this kind of design that now seems eerily custom-built for the contemporary trade in decontextualized images online. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 14 May 2021 His declarative writing style was innovative, getting to the truth of the matter in as few words as possible. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of declarative

1628, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of declarative was in 1628

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13 Jul 2021

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“Declarative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/declarative. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for declarative

declarative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of declarative

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

declarative

adjective
de·​clar·​a·​tive | \ di-ˈkler-ə-tiv How to pronounce declarative (audio) \

Kids Definition of declarative

: making a statement a declarative sentence

declarative

adjective
de·​clar·​a·​tive | \ di-ˈklar-ət-iv, -ˈkler- How to pronounce declarative (audio) \

Medical Definition of declarative

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

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