See also: déclarative



From Middle French déclaratif.



declarative (not comparable)

  1. Serving to declare; having the quality of a declaration.
    Synonym: declaratory
  2. (grammar, of a verb, sentence, or mood) Expressing truth.
    • 2016, Irina Nikolaeva, “Analyses of the semantics of mood”, in Jan Nuyts and Johan van der Auwera, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Modality and Mood, Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 69:
      Palmer (1986:26–28) suggested that all languages have a clear way of indicating that the speaker is making a statement which (s)he believes to be true. Such statements are usually expressed by the declarative grammatical structure and the respective mood is called either "declarative" or "indicative"...
  3. (programming) That declares a construct.
  4. (programming) A way of programming that is most akin to just stating what is wanted, rather than having to describe how to do it. w:Declarative programming

Usage notesEdit

In some linguistic models, indicative and declarative are synonyms. In others, the declarative mood and interrogative mood are distinct types of indicative mood.



declarative (plural declaratives)

  1. Synonym of declaration (declarative statement)