Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence
Declaration Dec`la*ra"tion, n. [F. d['e]claration, fr. L. declaratio, fr. declarare. See {Declare}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is declared or proclaimed; announcement; distinct statement; formal expression; avowal. [1913 Webster]

Declarations of mercy and love . . . in the Gospel. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

3. The document or instrument containing such statement or proclamation; as, the Declaration of Independence (now preserved in Washington). [1913 Webster]

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. --Buckle. [1913 Webster]

4. (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. [1913 Webster]

{Declaration of Independence}. (Amer. Hist.) See Declaration of Independence in the vocabulary. See also under {Independence}.

{Declaration of rights}. (Eng. Hist) See {Bill of rights}, under {Bill}.

{Declaration of trust} (Law), a paper subscribed by a grantee of property, acknowledging that he holds it in trust for the purposes and upon the terms set forth. --Abbott. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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