Declaratory act

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(Law) an act or statute which sets forth more clearly, and declares what is, the existing law.

See also: Declaratory

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Entrepreneurship should be a voluntary and declaratory act in a market where self-regulation is made only by competition away from administrative control and prior authorizations.
"I feel that an overture like this cannot or should not become a declaratory act unless there is a strong and very thorough theological foundation for it," he said.
Proceedings were interrupted by Queensland's Declaratory Act 1985, which provided that any pre-existing rights or claims in the Murray Islands were extinguished when the islands became part of Queensland on annexation in 1879.
The existence of native title is now a largely accepted part of Australia's legal landscape, and Keon-Cohen's account is a timely reminder of just how unlikely it seemed that the 'good guys' (p.9) would win--he outlines a constant struggle for funding (pp.134-5), strike out applications (p.91) and, as noted above, attempts by the State of Queensland to strangle the legal action in its infancy with the Declaratory Act 1985.
The spokesman said PfP was neither an international organisation nor a treaty of alliance: "It is rather a NATO programme, as the PfP's declaratory act states."
However, on that same day it passed the Declaratory Act, which reaffirmed Parliamentary legislative authority over the colonies "in all cases whatsoever." The colonists rightly saw it as an even more ominous sign.
The British insisted that Parliament had the right to legislate for the colonists "in all cases whatsoever," as the Declaratory Act of 1766 stated.
The precipitating issue was the Declaratory Act of 1892 by which the Free Church attached clarifying language to the seventeenth-century Westminster Confession as a way of relieving the plight of those whose scruples no longer permitted easy subscription to that early formulation of Calvinism.
While the passage of the Declaratory Act was actually intended as a moderate, reconciling document, the most rigid conservatives did not see it as such.
To encompass this great theme, Anderson extends his coverage beyond the formal end of the war to the repeal of the Stamp Act and the passing of the Declaratory Act in 1766.
When Parliament rescinded the taxes on stamps and other goods that Americans had loudly protested, it also passed the Declaratory Act, asserting England's right to govern America as it saw fit.
The same day the tax was repealed, Parliament passed the Declaratory Act, asserting that the British government had the right to make any laws it wished concerning the American colonies.