dis·​clo·​sure | \ dis-ˈklō-zhər \

Definition of disclosure

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

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Synonyms for disclosure


divulgence, exposure, 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

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Democracy Facebook released more details on its forthcoming disclosure requirements for UK political advertisers. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 Along with King County, the latest batch of regions covered in the disclosure requirements includes counties covering Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu and Las Vegas. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "King County’s secret all-cash homebuyers must reveal true identity to law enforcement," 20 Nov. 2018 In late July, the Saudis purchased almost five percent of Tesla's stock (acquiring more than five percent would have triggered public disclosure requirements). Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk’s mystery Tesla buyout funder is Saudi Arabia," 13 Aug. 2018 Quora’s post is only the latest disclosure of a major breach. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers breach Quora.com and steal password data for 100 million users," 4 Dec. 2018 Jimmy Kassis, 26, of Thibodaux, was booked Friday on nonconsensual disclosure of a private image. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Ex-Louisiana cadet accused of blackmailing former Army coworker with lewd photos, police say," 18 Sep. 2018 That would start with comprehensive disclosures of weapons, component parts and how the North’s specialists went about their development. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "As Bolton Says North Korea Could Disarm in a Year, Reality Lags Promises," 1 July 2018 Second, a UConn spokesperson has told media that Ollie’s attorneys caused the disclosure of the transcript. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 Terry Albury admitted to one count of making an unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and one count of unlawful retention of national defense information. John Edwards, ajc, "Reality Winner to take a plea deal in NSA leak case," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of disclosure

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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 \

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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