Definition of DECLARATORY STATUTE in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.


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 Iaw, 1 Bl. Comm. 86; Gray v. Bennett, 3 Mete., Mass., 527; In re Ungaro's Will, 88 N.J.Eq, 25, 102 A. 244, 246, 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." McMahon v. Maddox, Tex.Civ.App., 297 S.W. 310, 312.

A statute enacted to put an end to a doubt as to what is the common law, or the meaning of another statute, and which declares what it is and ever has been. Nelson v. Sandkamp, 227 Minn. 177, 34 N.W.2d 640, 642, 5 A.L.R.2d 1136.

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