Definitions for: Declaration

[n] a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
[n] a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written)
[n] a formal public statement; "the government made an announcement about changes in the drug war"; "a declaration of independence"
[n] (law) unsworn statement that can be admitted in evidence in a legal transaction; "his declaration of innocence"
[n] (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
[n] a statement of taxable goods or of dutiable properties

Webster (1913) Definition: Dec`la*ra"tion, n. [F. d['e]claration, fr. L.
declaratio, fr. declarare. See Declare.]
1. The act of declaring, or publicly announcing; explicit
asserting; undisguised token of a ground or side taken on
any subject; proclamation; exposition; as, the declaration
of an opinion; a declaration of war, etc.

2. That which is declared or proclaimed; announcement;
distinct statement; formal expression; avowal.

Declarations of mercy and love . . . in the Gospel.

3. The document or instrument containing such statement or
proclamation; as, the Declaration of Independence (now
preserved in Washington).

In 1776 the Americans laid before Europe that noble
Declaration, which ought to be hung up in the
nursery of every king, and blazoned on the porch of
every royal palace. --Buckle.

4. (Law) That part of the process in which the plaintiff sets
forth in order and at large his cause of complaint; the
narration of the plaintiff's case containing the count, or
counts. See Count, n., 3.

Declaration of Independence. (Amer. Hist.) See under

Declaration of rights. (Eng. Hist) See Bill of rights,
under Bill.

Declaration of trust (Law), a paper subscribed by a grantee
of property, acknowledging that he holds it in trust for
the purposes and upon the terms set forth. --Abbott.

Synonyms: announcement, annunciation, contract, proclamation, resolution, resolve

See Also: assertion, asseveration, averment, bastardization, bid, bidding, bridge, Declaration of Independence, dictum, document, edict, joint resolution, manifesto, papers, postulation, predication, promulgation, pronouncement, pronunciamento, protestation, say-so, statement, testimony, threat, written document

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