de·​clar·​a·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈkler-ə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce declaratory (audio) \

Definition of declaratory

1 : serving to declare, set forth, or explain
2a : declaring what is the existing law declaratory statute
b : declaring a legal right or interpretation a declaratory judgment

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Recent Examples on the Web Burwell is asking the court to appeal the city council's preliminary approval and wants a declaratory judgment stating that the city and estate violated Orono city ordinances. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "Neighbor sues over plan to divide Irwin Jacobs estate on Lake Minnetonka," 20 Apr. 2021 Trade association Airlines for America has also previously filed a lawsuit against San Francisco over the ordinance and is seeking declaratory and injunctive relief from its requirements. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, "SFO caterers have their jobs shipped to San Jose as new ordinance takes effect," 14 Apr. 2021 Chase is seeking a declaratory judgement that the censure violated her First Amendment rights. Sarah Rankin, Star Tribune, "Judge weighing motion to dismiss Chase lawsuit over censure," 1 Apr. 2021 In October, Judge Lorna G. Schofield had allowed the government to appeal whether declaratory relief can be awarded against a sitting president in his official capacity for his discretionary conduct. Larry Neumeister, Star Tribune, "Literary group: Trump suit settlement protects journalists," 18 Feb. 2021 Instead, on Monday the utility asked State District Judge Jan Soifer for a declaratory judgment affirming its stance on the charter amendments. Joshua Fechter,, "‘They’re trying to snuff it out’: San Antonio Water System wants judge to declare reform drive null and void," 5 Jan. 2021 For these wills, yet another court action is necessary: a suit for declaratory relief or for reformation or modification. Dallas News, "Pulling off a Muniment of Title in Texas: It’s trickier than you might think," 3 Jan. 2021 But Walker's attorneys argued Cameron must be named in the case because declaratory judgments require anyone who could be bound by the ruling be included. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Can Breonna Taylor's boyfriend sue Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron, commonwealth's attorney?," 12 Nov. 2020 The declaratory judgment action will seek to have a judge rule if the powers to veto and override are still valid, Szarmach said. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Lake Council to seek judge ruling after commissioners veto authority shifting ordinances; experts say two laws are at odds," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of declaratory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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de·​clar·​a·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈklar-ə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce declaratory (audio) \

Legal Definition of declaratory

: serving to declare, set forth, or explain: as
a : declaring what is the existing law
b : declaring a legal right or interpretation declaratory relief — see also declaratory judgment at judgment sense 1a

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