declaratory

adjective
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 Therefore, Goldfein and the Safehouse board filed the motion Monday urging McHugh to issue a declaratory judgement. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Healthcare: West Virginia, suing to invalidate Obamacare, looks to Louisiana for rescuing the law’s popular provisions," 8 Jan. 2020 In 1990, the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa filed suit in federal court seeking a declaratory judgment the band retained the rights reserved by the 1837 Treaty. Jennifer Kraus, Twin Cities, "Minnesota Court of Appeals rules in favor of state in netting case," 22 Dec. 2019 The Phillies asked for declaratory judgments affirming their rights and sued H/E claiming unjust enrichment and breach of good faith. Washington Post, "Phillies sue to block Phanatic from becoming ‘free agent’," 4 Aug. 2019 In 2018 the company sought a declaratory judgment that would prevent victims from seeking legal relief. A.k. | Las Vegas, The Economist, "MGM settles with the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting," 7 Oct. 2019 The Phillies asked for declaratory judgments affirming their rights and sued H/E claiming unjust enrichment and breach of good faith. Washington Post, "Phillies sue to block Phanatic from becoming ‘free agent’," 4 Aug. 2019 The Phillies asked for declaratory judgments affirming their rights and sued H/E claiming unjust enrichment and breach of good faith. Washington Post, "Phillies sue to block Phanatic from becoming ‘free agent’," 4 Aug. 2019 The Phillies asked for declaratory judgments affirming their rights and sued H/E claiming unjust enrichment and breach of good faith. Washington Post, "Phillies sue to block Phanatic from becoming ‘free agent’," 4 Aug. 2019 The Phillies asked for declaratory judgments affirming their rights and sued H/E claiming unjust enrichment and breach of good faith. Washington Post, "Phillies sue to block Phanatic from becoming ‘free agent’," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of declaratory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2020

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“Declaratory.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/declaratory. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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declaratory

adjective
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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