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

Definition of declarative

: making a declaration : declaratory a declarative sentence

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 If solutions are built properly, super users can use declarative means to add to or change parts of the system from day to day. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 In both versions of Autoportrait, the authors lay out declarative sentences about their lives without order or narrative. Cody Delistraty, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 This type of open-source standard with a declarative policy can save time and cost. Gerry Gebel, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The show will be up for at least two-and-a-half years, says curator Ranald Woodaman, who points out that the word Presente translates to here or present, as a declarative roll-call response. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 July 2022 Tip: When making a declarative statement, be sure to use the authoritative arc, in which your voice starts on one note, rises in pitch through the sentence and drops back down at the end. Carol Kinsey Goman, Forbes, 6 June 2022 The cluster profile is a declarative approach to defining the stack based on the choice of Kubernetes distribution, container runtime, cloud native storage, and network. Janakiram Msv, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 Her basic unit is short, declarative, and deceptively simple. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Her snowballing associational riffs often stop short at a brief, blunt declarative sentence. The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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30 Aug 2022

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“Declarative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for declarative


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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