The Law Dictionary

Your Free Online Legal Dictionary • Featuring Black’s Law Dictionary, 2nd Ed.

DECLARATORY STATUTE Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

One enacted for the purpose of removing doubts or putting an end to
conflicting decisions in regard to what the law is in relation to a particular matter. It
may either be expressive of the common law, (1 Bl. Comm. 86; Gray v. Bennett, 3
Mete. [Mass.] 527:) or may declare what shall be taken to be the true meaning and
intention of a previous statute, though in the latter case such enactments are more
commonly called “expository statutes.”


This article contains general legal information but does not constitute professional legal advice for your particular situation. The Law Dictionary is not a law firm, and this page does not create an attorney-client or legal adviser relationship. If you have specific questions, please consult a qualified attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.