declaratory

adjective

de·​clar·​a·​to·​ry di-ˈkler-ə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce declaratory (audio)
1
: serving to declare, set forth, or explain
2
a
: 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 On Tuesday, Hill, who also goes by the name David Lee Henry, sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and its parent company, Amazon Studios, claiming copyright infringement and seeking declaratory relief, according to a complaint obtained by EW. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 27 Feb. 2024 The suit seeks declaratory relief and aims to block distribution of the film. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 27 Feb. 2024 That same month, the Barbers Hill Independent School District filed a declaratory judgment lawsuit asking for a court to clarify whether the CROWN Act prohibits grooming policies surrounding a male student’s hair length. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 The plaintiff lacks standing to maintain his suit in an official capacity The ruling explains that the lawsuit sought declaratory relief, asking for clarity about the individual rights of the councilmembers in relation to those of Mayor Bovo. Verónica Egui Brito, Miami Herald, 24 Jan. 2024 Their deterrent value during the Berlin airlift in 1948 changed his mind and triggered a debate over the best declaratory policy. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 Judge Kathy Seeley has said that her job is to make a declaratory judgment that determines whether state energy laws violate the state's constitution. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 13 June 2023 The petition for declaratory judgment named the housing authority as a cross-defendant. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2023 The filing in Whitman County, where Washington State is located, requests a temporary restraining order to cancel Wednesday’s meeting, followed by a declaratory judgment permanently removing the 10 departing schools from the board. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of declaratory was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Declaratory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/declaratory. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

declaratory

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