- (of a statute) stating the existing law on a particular subject; explanatory
- (of a decree or judgment) stating the rights of the parties without specifying the action to be taken
Derived forms of declaratorydeclaratorily, adverb
Words nearby declaratory
How to use declaratory in a sentence
Finally, the three first resolutions being simply declaratory, were agreed to without division.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
The declaratory act was regarded as a menace, and kept alive their feelings of suspicion and irritation.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
I consider the Acts I have cited rather as mere declaratory statutes, than as necessary original laws.Calvert and Penn|Brantz Mayer
I was willing to vote for a declaratory resolution to quiet that apprehension.
We are now asked to give a declaratory provision on that subject—to give it in order to quiet the slave States.