de·clar·a·to·ry /di-'klar-ə-ˌtōr-ē/ adj: serving to declare, set forth, or explain: as
a: declaring what is the existing law
b: declaring a legal right or interpretation

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective annuciative, annunciatory, assertative, assertive, communicative, declarative, decretal, decretive, decretory, demonstrative, elucidating, enunciative, enunciatory, explanatory, expository, express, expressive, notificatory, proclamatory, promulgatory, serving to declare associated concepts: declaratory act, declaratory action, declaratory decree, declaratory judgment, declaratory order, declaratory statute II index narrative

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Explanatory; meant to clarify an ambiguity.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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