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

Examples of declaratory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to legal documents cited by the Blast, H.E.R. is suing for declaratory relief and violation of the business and professions code and seeking to be released from her contract with MBK. Jem Aswad, Variety, 20 June 2022 Circuit Court Judge Michael Maxwell issued a declaratory order May 6, striking down the village’s ordinances that conflicted with state law and permanently prohibiting the village from imposing requirements beyond those allowed by state statutes. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2022 The suit is known as a petition for a writ of mandate and declaratory relief. Paul Pringlestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 The judge also dismissed Trump’s call for a declaratory judgment that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which says Internet platforms generally are not responsible for what their users post, is unconstitutional. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 HiQ responded by suing LinkedIn and sought a declaratory judgment that LinkedIn could not invoke those laws against it. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 The town of Mason is also seeking declaratory judgment. Maya Brown, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 Bring an action against the school district to obtain a declaratory judgment that the school district procedure or practice violates this paragraph and seek injunctive relief. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 In the new lawsuit, Pete seeks a declaratory judgment that Something for Thee Hotties does qualify as an album and meets her contractual obligations. Christian Holub,, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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