dis·​clo·​sure | \ dis-ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce disclosure (audio) \

Definition of disclosure

1 : the act or an instance of disclosing : exposure
2 : something disclosed : revelation

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Examples of disclosure in a Sentence

We demand full disclosure of the facts. he offered full disclosure of the government files on the assassination
Recent Examples on the Web But the aircraft’s tail number, N214FW, told a different story, tracing the ownership of the plane to a company incorporated in Delaware, a state that often requires minimal public disclosure about the owners of a business. BostonGlobe.com, "Secrets in the sky," 13 Jan. 2021 The largest shareholders in SolarWinds agreed to sell CPPIB the stake for $315 million on Dec. 7, just days before tech company’s public disclosure of the hack crushed its stock price more than 20 percent. Washington Post, "Canada’s largest pension fund bought SolarWinds stake days before hacking disclosure, stock plunge," 31 Dec. 2020 The Harvard Law grad went to become a U.S. senator and, in response to corporate accounting scandals, co-authored the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act that required greater public disclosure by companies. oregonlive, "The departed: Heroes, celebrities and rogues, from Oregon and beyond, who died in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Nisleit is a public employee whose salary and pension information are subject to public disclosure. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego police chief Nisleit joined the city’s retirement program limiting his time as top cop," 27 Dec. 2020 The level of public disclosure around infections in Hong Kong is unlike most countries battling the pandemic. Joyu Wang, WSJ, "Hong Kong Socialites Danced the Night Away—Until a Covid Cluster Stopped the Music," 24 Dec. 2020 This isn’t even taking into consideration her $114 million net worth, which Pelosi revealed in a 2018 personal financial disclosure report. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "No, It’s Not Sexist To Call Nancy Pelosi Rich," 22 Dec. 2020 That firm is listed on the president’s most recent federal financial disclosure report, but the bank account is not. USA TODAY, "Fact check: What Trump and Biden got wrong in the final presidential debate," 23 Oct. 2020 Barrett and her husband have investments worth between $845,000 and $2.8 million, according to her 2019 financial disclosure report. Michael Tarm, Anchorage Daily News, "Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s likely Supreme Court pick, is Scalia’s ideological heir," 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of disclosure

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disclosure was circa 1525

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19 Jan 2021

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“Disclosure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disclosure. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disclosure

: the act of making something known : the act of disclosing something
: something (such as information) that is made known or revealed : something that is disclosed


dis·​clo·​sure | \ dis-ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce disclosure (audio) \

Kids Definition of disclosure

1 : an act of making known They demanded full disclosure of the facts.
2 : something made known She made an exciting disclosure about the upcoming book.


dis·​clo·​sure | \ dis-ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce disclosure (audio) \

Legal Definition of disclosure

: an act or instance of disclosing: as
a : a lender's revelation of information to a consumer under the Truth in Lending Act that enables the consumer to make an intelligent decision about the loan
b : the revelation to investors of financial information about a corporation or municipality and about the security it is offering for sale — see also prospectus, registration statement

Note: Disclosure is required for a public offering.

c : revelation by a corporate insider (as an officer) for approval of a business transaction that involves self-dealing
d : a debtor in bankruptcy's revelation to creditors of a bankruptcy plan

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