serving to declare, make known, or explain: a declarative statement.

Also de·clar·a·to·ry [dih-klar-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈklær əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of declarative

1530–40; < Latin dēclārātīvus explanatory, equivalent to dēclārāt(us) (see declaration) + -īvus -ive
Related formsde·clar·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·de·clar·a·tive, adjectivenon·de·clar·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·de·clar·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·de·clar·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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making or having the nature of a declaration
Derived Formsdeclaratively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for declarative

mid-15c., from French déclaratif and directly from Late Latin declarativus, from past participle stem of Latin declarare (see declare).

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