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

  • The declaratory act was passed to save the dignity of parliament.

    The Political History of England - Vol. X.

    William Hunt

  • One native dissented from the report, and favored a declaratory law.

    Greater Britain

    Charles Wentworth Dilke

  • On the contrary, it accompanied the repeal with a Declaratory Act.

    History of the United States

    Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard

  • It is declaratory and follows the form of a poem, not an argument.

  • In the declaratory, religious form, the New Testament is a sufficient example of this doctrine.

British Dictionary definitions for declaratory


  1. another word for declarative
  2. law
    1. (of a statute) stating the existing law on a particular subject; explanatory
    2. (of a decree or judgment) stating the rights of the parties without specifying the action to be taken
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Derived Formsdeclaratorily, adverb


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


mid-15c., from Medieval Latin declaratorius, from Latin declarator, from declarare (see declare).

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

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