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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for declaratory

demonstrative, descriptive, explanatory, enunciatory

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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
Derived Formsdeclaratorily, adverb


  1. making or having the nature of a declaration
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).



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

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