• WordNet 3.6
    • n declaration a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
    • n declaration a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written)
    • n declaration a formal public statement "the government made an announcement about changes in the drug war","a declaration of independence"
    • n declaration (law) unsworn statement that can be admitted in evidence in a legal transaction "his declaration of innocence"
    • n declaration (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
    • n declaration a statement of taxable goods or of dutiable properties
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Victoria era, red tulips were a declaration of love
    • Declaration (Law) That part of the process or pleadings in which the plaintiff sets forth in order and at large his cause of complaint; the narration of the plaintiff's case containing the count, or counts. See Count n., 3.
    • Declaration That which is declared or proclaimed; announcement; distinct statement; formal expression; avowal. "Declarations of mercy and love . . . in the Gospel."
    • Declaration The act of declaring, or publicly announcing; explicit asserting; undisguised token of a ground or side taken on any subject; proclamation; exposition; as, the declaration of an opinion; a declaration of war, etc.
    • Declaration The document or instrument containing such statement or proclamation; as, the Declaration of Independence (now preserved in Washington. "In 1776 the Americans laid before Europe that noble Declaration , which ought to be hung up in the nursery of every king, and blazoned on the porch of every royal palace."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1984, Ronald Reagan declared the month of July to be "National Ice Cream Month."
    • n declaration A clearing up; that which makes plain; explanation.
    • n declaration A positive or formal statement in regard to anything; affirmation; explicit assertion; avowal; publication; proclamation.
    • n declaration That which is proclaimed or declared; specifically, the document or instrument by which an announcement or assertion is formally made: as, the Declaration of Independence.
    • n declaration In law: At common law, the pleading in which the plaintiff formally presents the allegations on which he bases his claim for relief in a civil action: now more commonly called complaint.
    • n declaration In the criminal law of Scotland, the account which a prisoner who has been apprehended on suspicion of having committed a crime gives of himself, to be taken down in writing, on his examination.
    • n declaration A confession of faith or doctrine: as, the Auburn Declaration; the Savoy Declaration, etc.
    • n declaration In card-playing, an announcement or meld; in bridge, specifically, the naming of the trump suit by the dealer. Sometimes called the make.
    • n declaration the neutral flag covers enemy's goods, except when contraband;
    • n declaration neutral goods, except when contraband, are not liable to capture under an enemy's flag;
    • n declaration blockades to be binding must be effective. The United States refused to accept the first of these, but concurred in the others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: JELL-O was declared The "Official State Snack" of Utah in January 2001
    • Declaration act of declaring: that which is declared: a written affirmation: in the criminal law of Scotland, the statement made by the prisoner before the magistrate: in common law, the pleading in which the plaintiff in an action at law sets forth his case against the defendant
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  • Henry Van Dyke
    “In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “I have nothing to declare except my genius.”
  • Bible
    “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork”
  • Louis D. Brandeis
    Louis D. Brandeis
    “Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.”
  • David H. Souter
    David H. Souter
    “It is much easier to modify an opinion if one has not already persuasively declared it.”
  • George Eliot
    “The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. déclaration, fr. L. declaratio, fr. declarare,. See Declare
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. déclarer, from L. declarāre, -ātumde, wholly, clarus, clear.


In literature:

Congress Declares the People of Cuba Free and Independent.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
And then, having declared again that it was impossible, he rang his bell.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
The Declarer generally has a greater opportunity to display skill in the play of a suit declaration than of a No-trumper.
"Auction of To-day" by Milton C. Work
He declares it was so long ago that everything has had time to grow very old and go very wrong.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Elizabeth declared he used no judgment or discrimination.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The two sides now declared a truce.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
He had declared his wishes to his nephew.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
I declare my nerves will not bear it.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
They declared that he was a spendthrift.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Several members objected to the motion, declaring it not in order.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden

In poetry:

If God had suddenly sent me
psalm-singing angels who promised
rams by the ton and twenty
Toppas, I swear, declaring:
"The Pipit" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
Orator of noblest order,
Thine the power to declare,
Thrilling Theme, in tones portraying,
Eloquence, divinely rare.
"Federic Douglass" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
And you, amid the Master-Race,
Who seem so strangely out of place,
Know ye who cometh? He
Who hath declared ye Free!
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
Thus humbly doing on the earth
The things the earthly scorn,
Thou shalt declare the lofty birth
Of all the lowly born.
"To My Sister: On Her Twenty-First Birthday" by George MacDonald
Then shall my Delia's self declare
That I professed the truth,
And have preserved my little share
In everlasting youth.
"Apology To Delia : For Desiring A Lock Of Her Hair" by William Cowper
Peace is the blessing that I seek,
How lovely are its charms!
I am for peace; but when I speak,
They all declare for arms.
"Psalm 120" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Phoenix—Most people don't associate the Netherlands with war, and government officials rarely give speeches declaring their love for weapons.
The city of Berlin, Germany, has declared it's legal for male babies to be circumcised after a local court in Cologne banned the practice, even for religious reasons.
A mistrial was declared in the trial of former Unicoi County sheriff Kent Harris after jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
A 25-passenger trolley declared surplus by the Port Angeles City Council on June 2 could be headed for Sequim if enough partners are found to make it feasible.
On Primary Day, Republicans declare class war .
Tom Nardone finds quirky diet inventions, while Michael Pollan declares his food manifesto.
Sure your boyfriend is not going to take out an ad in Variety declaring his love for you.
Declaring that Americans have a lot to be thankful for "even in the darkest times," President Clinton saved a turkey's life Tuesday.
Mistrial Declared In Case Against Former Marysville Cop.
We've Arrived, And A Blog War Has Been Declared.
One retailer Kirban and Liran approached early on declared Vita Coco tasted like "sock water".
Obama issues disaster declaration for damage in Va.
Today, September 14, 2001, has been declared a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance by President George W Bush.
Nearly four weeks after Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast, Gov Earl Ray Tomblin has lifted West Virginia's state of emergency declaration in 33 counties Wednesday.
Below is the press official release posted on Governor Cuomo's:Governor Andrew M Cuomo today announced that President Obama has granted his request for a federal emergency declaration .

In science:

We use Go-like models of proteins and show that such simple criteria may prompt one to declare folding even though fragments of the resulting conformations have a wrong sense of chirality.
Chirality and Protein Folding
We show that all three of these simple criteria may prompt one to declare folding even though fragments of the resulting conformations have a non-native sense of chirality – a point that has already been noted by Ortiz, Kolinski, and Skolnick7 .
Chirality and Protein Folding
Figure 2 shows examples of conformations that are declared folded according the criteria Q, R, and A.
Chirality and Protein Folding
In both cases, the folding is declared by means of the Q criterion.
Chirality and Protein Folding
FIG. 3: The top panels show distributions, D(b), of the numbers, b, of the wrong signed local chiralities when folding is declared according to the criteria Q, A, and R, as indicated.
Chirality and Protein Folding