de·​clar·​a·​tive di-ˈkler-ə-tiv How to pronounce declarative (audio)
: making a declaration : declaratory
a declarative sentence
declaratively adverb

Examples of declarative in a Sentence

“They went to school” is a declarative sentence.
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Word History

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of declarative was in 1628

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Cite this Entry

“Declarative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


de·​clar·​a·​tive di-ˈklar-ət-iv How to pronounce declarative (audio)
: making a declaration or statement
declarative sentence

Medical Definition


de·​clar·​a·​tive di-ˈklar-ət-iv, -ˈkler- How to pronounce declarative (audio)
: being or comprising memory characterized by the conscious recall of facts and events compare procedural

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