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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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 King County prosecutor, however, declined to press charges, noting detectives were never able to obtain the videos and the two-year statute of limitations on the more applicable law — disclosure of intimate images — had expired. (chadd Cady), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jalen McDaniels makes admissions in video case," 8 June 2019 The rule compels both sides to swiftly provide each other with relevant contact information, notice of witnesses and disclosure of general topics that will be raised in the litigation. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Cristiano Ronaldo Rape Case Still Very Much Open Despite Dropped Lawsuit," 5 June 2019 The College Board's disclosure of those plans in May intensified scrutiny of a perennially controversial organization in the education world. The Washington Post, nola.com, "SAT’s new adversity score system faces its own adversity," 4 June 2019 The decision by the Texas Supreme Court, where Republicans hold every seat on the bench, doesn’t change operations at the nation’s busiest death chamber because state lawmakers banned the disclosure of drug suppliers for executions starting in 2015. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Texas’ high court keeps execution drug supplier secret," 13 Apr. 2019 These employee departures, of course, have always been the most immediate threat to Facebook in the wake of the disclosures of the past two years. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 The new law also directs the state Public Disclosure Commission, which oversees campaign-finance issues, to develop rules to make sure PACs can’t circumvent disclosure requirements. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "‘Gray money’: New Washington law to lift the cloak on PAC funders," 19 May 2019 Since 2010, the U.S. government has made annual disclosures of the number of nuclear weapons in America’s arsenal. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Making the Number of U.S. Nukes a Secret Again," 18 Apr. 2019 What’s particularly interesting is the timing of this disclosure. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "New developments about Mueller, Manafort, and Corsi.," 27 Nov. 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 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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