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 The waiter stood, unmoving, taking in the simple, declarative piece of news. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 6 Apr. 2020 In a fine New York Times article about how Microsoft had responded early to the outbreak in Seattle, a single, declarative sentence stuck with me all Monday. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Two tech giants, once bitter enemies, are cooperating in the wake of coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 Tweets are chatty, fusing word and action like orality; and also declarative, severable, preservable, and analyzable like literacy. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Why Twitter Is Messy, Glitched, and in Love With Drama," 17 Jan. 2020 Buckingham Palace’s statement seems to imply Markle and Prince Harry’s big, declarative announcement is coming a bit out of left field. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Buckingham Palace’s Response to Meghan and Harry’s Stepping Down Is…Interesting," 8 Jan. 2020 The Alabama Shakes singer brings a full-throttled mix of noise rock, jazz, and (yes) metal in this declarative single-take jam off her solo LP. Marc Snetiker,, "EW's Friday Five: Celine Dion's imperfections, the return of Mandy Moore, and more songs of the week," 21 Sep. 2019 Rather than a declarative nonfiction statement on a specific evil contained within the spectrum of racial injustice, Minervini knits a stream of consciousness from collective fury and individual struggles. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?’ relays African American anger," 5 Sep. 2019 For Ibn Ezra, the explanation should be read as a declarative statement. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "Each one of us is like the tree of the field," 3 Sep. 2019 There’s a temptation to make sweeping, declarative statements after every event. Daniel Rapaport,, "From Augusta to East Lake: 18 Parting Thoughts From the 2019 PGA Tour Season," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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“Declarative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce declarative (audio) \

Kids Definition of declarative

: making a statement a declarative sentence


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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