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

Nearby words

  1. declamatory,
  2. declamping phenomenon,
  3. declarant,
  4. declaration,
  5. declaration of independence,
  6. declarative sentence,
  7. declaratively,
  8. declarator,
  9. declaratory,
  10. declaratory judgment

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 forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for declaratory

British Dictionary definitions for declaratory



another word for declarative
  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
Derived Formsdeclaratorily, adverb



making or having the nature of a declaration
Derived Formsdeclaratively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for declaratory
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