Origin of declarative
Examples from the Web for declaratory
We have come here to give the slave States a declaratory exposition of our views.
We are now asked to give a declaratory provision on that subject—to give it in order to quiet the slave States.
Very soon men will begin to look closely to the act that was tacked to it—the declaratory act.A short history of Rhode Island|George Washington Greene
Would is sometimes employed in a declaratory sense to express a present volition, and then belongs to the indicative.Dissertation on the English Language|Noah Webster, Jr.
The original form of absolution was “precatory rather than declaratory” (Plummer).Studies in the Epistle of James|A. T. Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for declaratory (1 of 2)
- (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