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Definition of "declaratory" [de•clar•a•to•ry]

  • Declarative. (adjective)
  • Setting forth that which is the law. (adjective)
  • Explaining a legal interpretation or right. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "declaratory" in a sentence
  • "But what we've asked the sheriff in what we call declaratory relief is we've asked the judge to weigh in and give us an opinion, because we don't think it's correct and we don't want anymore coming out."
  • "The word seemed declaratory, but it was hardly escape-proof."
  • "And what Mr. Bartlit, the lawyer for the Bush campaign, is saying, look, we're protesting now because we think that they're excluding them improperly on different standards and we want you, judge, to issue what's called declaratory relief or tell the people what the standards are so that they can go back and review these ballots pursuant to these standards."