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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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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Full disclosure: Sanders actually tossed one of his touchdowns. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football 2019: Denver Broncos Preview," 15 Aug. 2019 Full disclosure: My own mother, a practical woman of faith, saw and felt otherworldly things that were hard to explain. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Can we really talk to the dead? He's been doing it for three decades," 12 Aug. 2019 Prior to Thursday's disclosure, the stock had surged nearly 35% in 2019. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Mattel shares plunge after disclosing anonymous whistleblower letter," 9 Aug. 2019 Campaign disclosure statements filed recently show Vaus generating $232,197 between Jan. 1 and June 30. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Vaus raises most in race for District 2 supervisor," 6 Aug. 2019 Enhanced disclosure made switching a bit more common, but not much. The Economist, "Many consumers neither read nor understand the contracts they sign," 27 July 2019 Full disclosure: Sachs is a friend of mine, and of practically everyone else in the food/travel/media world. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "With S.A.L.T., Silversea Is Completely Rewriting How Cruises Do Food," 18 July 2019 State law prohibits the disclosure of anything that is presented to a grand jury. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "Family of dead teen will pursue lawsuit against San Antonio over fatal shooting by police officer," 18 July 2019 The disclosure of a previously unknown witness led defense attorneys to call for the murder case against Keith Davis Jr. to be thrown out Wednesday. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "New evidence revealed in Keith Davis Jr. murder trial; defense asks for dismissal," 17 July 2019

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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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