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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The financial disclosures are intended to reveal any potential conflicts of interest. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Report: Brett Kavanaugh racked up thousands in debt buying baseball tickets," 12 July 2018 Since the initial disclosure in January, researchers have discovered multiple other variants of Meltdown and Spectre that chipmakers have worked to patch. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Senators Fear Meltdown and Spectre Disclosure Gave China an Edge," 11 July 2018 William Lyon agreed to the disclosure, a summary from the January 2005 council meeting shows. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 The disclosure is the latest blow for Nissan, one of Japan’s three biggest automakers and a symbol of the country’s ability to turn out quality products at mass-market prices. Carlos Tejada, New York Times, "Nissan Workers in Japan Falsified Emissions Tests, Review Says," 9 July 2018 On Thursday, shares rose more than 2% after the buyback disclosure. Scott Patterson, WSJ, "Glencore Looks to Shore Up Investor Confidence With Buyback," 5 July 2018 Unless the disclosure meets one of the privacy rule’s exceptions, a violator can be subject to robust penalties. Anne M. Murphy, Laura B. Angelini, STAT, "Criminal prosecution for violating HIPAA: an emerging threat to health care professionals," 2 July 2018 The White House pointed to the financial disclosure as the last word. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "How Melania Trump Got Paid by the News Media's Licensing of Trump Family Photos," 2 July 2018 The new disclosure listed a home in Naples valued at slightly less than $14.1 million as of the end of 2017, down nearly $1 million from the previous year. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gov. Rick Scott's net worth tops $232 million," 29 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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