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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Jordan’s campaign has not hired Shirley & Banister in the past, according to his campaign finance disclosure. Elise Viebeck, Washington Post, "Public relations campaign ramps up in support of Rep. Jim Jordan as he battles Ohio State allegations," 10 July 2018 Murray Energy was among the companies Wheeler listed on his financial disclosures while he was being considered for the deputy administrator position. Li Zhou, Vox, "Three things to know about the former coal lobbyist who’s now acting director.," 5 July 2018 Adding insult to injury, Ross even attempted to profit off his disclosures, shorting stock in the shipping company after being informed that his holdings were about to be made public last fall. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Wilbur Ross’s Financial Shenanigans Should Be a Massive Scandal," 22 June 2018 Flaunt your efforts in your property disclosure and marketing materials! Anchorage Daily News, "The age of your house isn’t just about the year it was built. Here’s why that’s important when you’re selling.," 22 June 2018 His organization's Thursday complaint to the Senate Ethics Committee focused on whether Sen. Crapo fully disclosed his wife's payments in his 2017 personal financial disclosure, separately from the other information given to the FEC. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "$192,000 for his wife. 81 uses of a lobbyist's home. Crapo election funds draw scrutiny," 20 June 2018 Hawley should have been required to report the free legal help as an in-kind donation to his campaign or as a gift on his personal financial disclosure, Dueker argued. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "Missouri Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against AG Hawley," 15 June 2018 Mental health clinicians say that dealing with their clients’ disclosure of trauma is the most delicate aspect of their work. San Francisco Chronicle, "A Retreat’s Risky Lessons," 14 June 2018 Indeed, an Alkermes spokeswoman said the company had not lobbied on Tonko’s bill, and its lobbying disclosures make no specific mention of it. Lev Facher, STAT, "As opioids legislation gains steam, efforts to address crisis collide with moneyed interests," 7 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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