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  1. the act of declaring; announcement: a declaration of a dividend.
  2. a positive, explicit, or formal statement; proclamation: a declaration of war.
  3. something that is announced, avowed, or proclaimed.
  4. a document embodying or displaying an announcement or proclamation: He posted the declaration in a public place.
  5. Law.
    1. a formal statement presenting the plaintiff's claim in an action.
    2. a complaint.
    3. a statement, especially by a witness.
    4. a statement made to an official.
  6. Cards.
    1. Bridge.a bid, especially the successful bid.
    2. the statement during the game of the points earned by a player, in bezique or other games.
  7. a statement of goods, income, etc., especially for the assessment of duty, tax, or the like.

Origin of declaration

1300–50; Middle English declaracioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēclārātiōn- (stem of dēclārātiō) explanation, equivalent to dēclārāt(us) (past participle of dēclārāre to explain, declare; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscoun·ter·dec·la·ra·tion, nounnon·dec·la·ra·tion, nounpre·dec·la·ra·tion, nounre·dec·la·ra·tion, noun

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  1. an explicit or emphatic statement
  2. a formal statement or announcement; proclamation
  3. the act of declaring
  4. the ruling of a judge or court on a question of law, esp in the chancery division of the High Court
  5. law an unsworn statement of a witness admissible in evidence under certain conditionsSee also statutory declaration
  6. cricket the voluntary closure of an innings before all ten wickets have fallen
  7. contract bridge the final contract
  8. a statement or inventory of goods, etc, submitted for tax assessmenta customs declaration
  9. cards an announcement of points made after taking a trick, as in bezique
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Word Origin and History for declaration

mid-14c., "action of stating," from Old French declaration, from Latin declarationem (nominative declaratio), noun of action from past participle stem of declarare (see declare). Meaning "proclamation, public statement" is from 1650s. Declaration of independence is recorded from 1776 (the one by the British American colonies seems to be the first so called; though the phrase is not in the document itself, it was titled that from the first in the press).

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