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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Ultimately, via the torn, taped, declaratory, singular clothes that populate Original Rebrand’s three collections, MI invites us to consider two simple questions. Sessa Tate, Teen Vogue, "MI Leggett Is the Non-Binary Designer Fighting to Dismantle Gender Norms," 15 Aug. 2018 The county and the Fort Bend County Drainage District are seeking a declaratory judgement from a federal district judge in relation to the way the Barker Reservoir was handled by the Corps during the hurricane. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend commissioners move forward with countywide watershed study," 6 June 2018 According to court documents obtained by the Star-Telegram, McDonald Sanders is requesting that Listenbee's lawyers pay the $29,891.25 in legal fees after a judge denied Cooper's motion to dismiss TCU's lawsuit for declaratory relief. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Listenbee lawsuit against TCU is already piling up lawyer fees," 5 June 2018 In essence, a complaint for declaratory relief filed by Ansin earlier this year is asking a Miami-Dade County circuit court for permission to badmouth Villella. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Ballet founder asks court for OK to include Edward Villella in memoir | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 Now her legal team is arguing the label denied her rights and Trevejo claims to have filed a declaratory action in Miami-Dade County seeking to validate her disaffirmance. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Malu Trevejo Seeks to Void Universal Music Latin Deal, Claims Contract Signed as Minor Was Never Certified," 5 July 2018 In any event, the DOJ asked the judge to issue a declaratory judgment in advance that the provisions will become unconstitutional as of Jan. 1, which is when the monetary penalty for not having health insurance is reduced to zero. Michael Hiltzik,, "Inside the Trump administration's assault on protections for people with preexisting medical conditions," 11 June 2018 Besides asking a court for a declaratory judgment that the Certificate authorizes the special dividend, the newest lawsuit characterizes the Certificate as a contract between CBS and its stockholders with NAI, as a controller, a party. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Shari Redstone's Grip on CBS Challenged in Shareholder Lawsuit," 31 May 2018 Fort Bend County Commissioners voted during their regular May 22 meeting to approve a lawsuit that seeks a declaratory judgment from a federal district judge regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ operation of the Barker Reservoir. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County authorizes lawsuit against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," 25 May 2018

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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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