proc·​la·​ma·​tion | \ˌprä-klə-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of proclamation 

1 : the action of proclaiming : the state of being proclaimed

2 : something proclaimed specifically : an official formal public announcement

Examples of proclamation in a Sentence

the proclamation of martial law The President issued a proclamation which freed the slaves.

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The rule change and expected proclamation—which effectively change U.S. immigration law—are intended to reduce the volume of immigrants crossing the border illegally to seek asylum in the U.S. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Visits Paris After Turbulent Week," 9 Nov. 2018 This policy — enacted via a regulation formally issued Friday morning, and Trump’s presidential proclamation signed soon after — turns that on its head. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump signs a 90-day asylum ban for border crossers," 9 Nov. 2018 In January, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to Trump’s third and most considered entry ban, issued as a presidential proclamation in September. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court upholds Trump ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries," 26 June 2018 There was a 35-member City Council too, but either by custom or by charter its most substantive municipal acts were things like proclamations and street namings. David Freedlander, Daily Intelligencer, "Not That Long Ago, New York City Really Was Run From a Smoke-filled Backroom," 14 June 2018 Other state leaders have issued similar orders: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb declared a disaster emergency for 11 counties and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued a state disaster proclamation for three counties hit by flooding. CBS News, "4 dead as severe weather moves through central U.S.," 25 Feb. 2018 This week, Mayor Richard Irvin and the City Council honored Martinez during a council meeting, presenting him with a proclamation. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora honors hometown hero who saved stranger from burning car," 29 June 2018 In the first of many such rulings, a federal judge in Seattle issued an order putting Trump’s proclamation on hold. David G. Savage,, "Supreme Court upholds Trump's travel ban, bolstering president's power to block new arrivals," 26 June 2018 The proclamations keep coming even as Boko Haram has unleashed an unrelenting stream of suicide bombers on mosques and marketplaces, carried out high-profile kidnappings and attacked military convoys. New York Times, "A Homecoming for Nigerians Who Fled Militants. All That’s Missing Is the ‘Home.’," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of proclamation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for proclamation

Middle English proclamacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin proclamation-, proclamatio, from proclamare

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English Language Learners Definition of proclamation

: the act of saying something in a public, official, or definite way : the act of proclaiming something

: an official statement or announcement made by a person in power or by a government


proc·​la·​ma·​tion | \ˌprä-klə-ˈmā-shən \

Kids Definition of proclamation

1 : the act of making something known publicly or officially

2 : an official formal announcement


proc·​la·​ma·​tion | \ˌprä-klə-ˈmā-shən \

Legal Definition of proclamation 

1 : the act of proclaiming

2 : something proclaimed specifically : an official formal public announcement (as a public notice, edict, or decree) — compare declaration, executive order

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