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An act that formally declares to the general public that the government has acted in a particular way. A written or printed document issued by a superior government executive, such as the president or governor, which sets out such a declaration by the government.


noun announcement, annunciation, declaration, decree, decretal, edict, edictum, exclamation, fiat, mandate, manifesto, message, notification, official pubbication, promulgation, pronouncement, public announceeent, public avowal, public notice, publication, recitation, rescript, statement
See also: adjudication, avouchment, canon, charge, charter, command, communication, declaration, decree, dictate, directive, disclosure, divulgation, issuance, notice, notification, order, ordinance, publication, publicity, report, statement

PROCLAMATION, evidence. The act of causing some state matters to be published or made generally known. A written or printed document in which are contained such matters, issued by proper authority; as the president's proclamation, the governor's, the mayor's proclamation. The word proclamation is also used to express the public nomination made of any one to a high office; as, such a prince was proclaimed emperor.
     2. The president's proclamation has not the force of law, unless when authorized by congress; as if congress were to pass an act, which should take effect upon the happening of a contingent event, which was to be declared by the president by proclamation to hive happened; in this case the proclamation would give the act the force of law, which, till then, it wanted. How far a proclamation is evidence of facts, see Bac. Ab. Ev. F; Dougl. 594, n; B. N. P. 226; 12 Mod. 216; 8 State Tr. 212; 4 M. & S. 546; 2 Camp. Rep. 44; Dane's Ab. eh. 96, a. 2, 3 and 4; 1 Scam. R. 577; Bro. h.t.

PROCLAMATION, practice. The declaration made by the cryer, by authority of the court, that something is about to be done.
     2. It usually commences with the French word Oyez, do you hear, in order to attract attention; it is particularly used on the meeting or opening of the court, and at its adjournment; it is also frequently employed to discharge persons who have been accused of crimes or misdemeanors.

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The proclamation having been produced and read by one of them, the officer called on Barnaby to surrender.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit on behalf of four Colorado citizens who objected to the proclamations, which are issued annually by the governor to coincide with the national Day of Prayer event.
The British moved to correct the situation with a series of proclamations.
The proclamations quoted above have very similar language but come from two very different contexts.
According to the National Archives, the entire document "was bound with other proclamations in a large volume preserved for many years by the Department of State," where it was maintained and labeled in volume number 95 of Proclamations.
Whereas, it is in the public's interest to consider Commissioner Jay Bozievich's concern that such proclamations cost the county up to $1,000 each at a time when the county faces budget shortfalls and cannot afford to maintain rural law enforcement patrols and keep criminals in jail; and
He wanted everyone to understand that the commission members did not vote on proclamations.
Auction house director Stuart Cole said: "To find copies are pretty rare and proclamations which have a natural association with people involved in the events are incredibly rare.
One can identify the same theo-logic in halakhic reasoning--premised as it is on the pull of future revision--of more justice, the realization that the disclosure of the divine Word takes time and frequently corrects prior proclamations.
It must be one of the laws of nature: City Council proclamations abhor a vacuum.
This year the council said no proclamations dealing with sexual orientation, specifically Pride Day.
The coronation proclamations and the explanation of Christ as king come in our readings from Jeremiah and Colossians as well as in our psalm.