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declaration Line breaks: dec¦lar|ation
Pronunciation: /dɛkləˈreɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of declaration in English:


1A formal or explicit statement or announcement: a declaration of love
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  • He issued new declarations of love and promised to tell Ms. Turner about their relationship.
  • Marriage and civil union, of course, have an explicit declaration of commitment and interdependence that may be missing in a de facto relationship.
  • He made the declarations while responding to reporters' questions on the bilateral debt forgiveness agreement during yesterday's post-Cabinet news conference at Whitehall.
North American advisory;
in Spanish-speaking countriespronunciamento;
informal memo
rare rescript
1.1The formal announcement of the beginning of a state or condition: the declaration of war
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  • Similarly, under a series of Supreme Court decisions, civilians cannot be court-martialed in the absence of a formal declaration of war.
  • Border clashes began in 1928 and in 1932, despite mediation efforts, full-scale war erupted, although formal declarations of war were not made until 1933.
  • Hitler's Polish campaign, and then the attack on the USSR, were launched without formal declarations of war.
archaic annunciation
1.2A written public announcement of intentions or of the terms of an agreement: all students must sign the following declaration
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  • Mozer said that even though the party leaders did not sign a declaration or an agreement, it was very important that they had discussed their positions and relations.
  • The declaration is an agreement signed by many colleges to carry out initiatives designed to promote environmentalism.
  • Thus, in 1933 Gadamer, along with other Marburg professors, signed a public declaration of allegiance to the National Socialist state.
assertion, profession, affirmation, acknowledgement, revelation, disclosure, manifestation, confirmation, proof, testimony, validation, certification, attestation;
pledge, avowal, vow, oath, guarantee, protestation
rare asseveration, averment, maintenance
1.3 (also declaration of the poll) British A public official announcement of the votes cast for candidates in an election.
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  • The learned Attorney General finally submitted that a returning officer has no power to conduct a recount once the declaration of the poll declaring a candidate to be duly elected has been made.
  • The words ‘directly chosen by the people’… are to be read, therefore, as referring to a process - the process which commences when an election is called, and ends with the declaration of the poll.
  • It must be a matter of minutes now to the declaration of the poll.
1.4 Law A plaintiff’s statement of claims in proceedings.
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  • The plaintiff requests a declaration in her draft amended statement of claim.
  • By cross-motion the plaintiff sought a declaration that the settlement and final release were void.
  • Nevertheless, the plaintiffs sought a declaration that they were entitled to the benefit of that covenant and an order restraining the defendants from building in breach of it.
1.5 Law An affirmation made in place of an oath.
1.6The naming of trumps in bridge, whist, or a similar card game.
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  • He then discards any 3 cards, excluding 4 point cards (kings, or the 1,21, or 22 of trumps), those used in declarations, or trumps.
1.7An announcement of a combination held in certain card games.
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  • Deliberately not announcing a combination is known as sinking a declaration.
  • A revelation overcalls a declaration and, given the same level, an earlier player has priority.
  • After the round of declarations, tokens are awarded or side bets resolved in exactly the same way as for stage one, described above.
2 Cricket An act of declaring an innings closed.
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  • Warwickshire closed on 70 for 3, and unless there is a clatter of wickets or a generous declaration by Nick Knight this match is drifting to a draw.
  • They batted positively in their second innings to set up a declaration late in the day, and then managed to snap up a late wicket to enhance their position.
  • Warne was finally dismissed for 75, and the declaration came immediately after Hodge reached his double-century.


Late Middle English: from Latin declaratio(n-), from declarare 'make quite clear' (see declare).

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