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 (dĭ-klâr′ə-tĭv, -klăr′-)
1. Serving to declare or state.
2. Of, relating to, or being an element or construction used to make a statement: a declarative sentence.
A sentence or expression that makes a statement.

de·clar′a·tive·ly adv.


(Rhetoric) making or having the nature of a declaration
deˈclaratively adv


(dɪˈklær ə tɪv)

1. Also, de•clar•a•to•ry (dɪˈklær əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) serving to declare, state, or explain.
2. pertaining to or having the form of a sentence used in making a statement.
[1530–40; < Latin]
de•clar′a•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.declarative - a mood (grammatically unmarked) that represents the act or state as an objective fact
modality, mood, mode - verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker
Adj.1.declarative - relating to the use of or having the nature of a declaration
interrogatory, interrogative - relating to the use of or having the nature of an interrogation
2.declarative - relating to the mood of verbs that is used simple in declarative statements; "indicative mood"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)


adjective affirmative, positive, expressive, definite, explanatory, demonstrative, expository, enunciatory He spoke in short, declarative sentences.
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Are the sentences mostly long or short; periodic or loose; mostly of one type, such as the declarative, or with frequent introduction of such other forms as the question and the exclamation?
We are so used to the sound-bite declaratives of politicians trying to score points, that I wonder if we have forgotten the art of conversation, let alone dealing with the content of a conversation?
Overwhelming research demonstrates that asking questions--leaving something on the table, in business parlance--engages the listener and is far more likely to be persuasive than simply throwing down the gauntlet with strident declaratives.
PIs can be marked by the absence of declarative morphemes present in the corresponding declaratives.
Finally, it has been reported in some languages that there is no grammatical distinction between interrogatives and declaratives at all, i.
In this study we analyze the relationship between focus and downstep in Central Catalan declaratives within the Autosegmental-Metrical (AM) approach of intonational analysis (Pierrehumbert 1980, Beckman and Pierrehumbert 1986, Beckman and Hirschberg 1994, Ladd 1996, Gussenhoven 2004, among many others).
Smith 1996: 160), Denison (1993: 467) points to the fact that affirmative declaratives are different to the other "NICE" contexts for do, so that do does not really function as an operator here.
Although findings regarding parental use of declarative sentences (statements that serve the function of commenting on a child's activities) were inconsistent across studies, Cross (1984) suggested that parental use of declaratives is an index of the amount of speech directed to the child, a measure that is positively associated with child language development.
He proposed that pitch or tono is sufficient to distinguish imperatives from declaratives and that there are gradations and classifications in volitive intonations.
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