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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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Then turning his glance towards his bulbs, -- objects of much greater importance to him than all those muskets, standards, drums, and proclamations, which he conceived only to be fit to disturb the minds of honest people, -- he said: --
The official proclamation states that the arts and humanities "enhance the lives of every Pennsylvanian and foster greater understanding of our world.
The director of the LBB said the governor's veto proclamation, listing line items he chose to excise from the new budget, doesn't have the effect Abbott apparently intended.
This week (July 22) in 1862 President Abraham Lincoln shared with his Cabinet a draft of what became the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that 3 million slaves would "thenceforward, and forever, be free.
The decision comes days ahead of the date the proclamation imposing President's rule in the state, issued on February 28, was due to lapse in the absence of ratification by Parliament.
Governor Tom Corbett this evening signed a disaster emergency proclamation to assist state and local authorities in responding to an ice and snow storm that has damaged infrastructure, slowed travel across much of the state and caused widespread power outages.
The Royal Proclamation of 1763 resulted directly from the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) between Britain and France.
Among these are George Washington's Proclamation of Neutrality, Andrew Jackson's Nullification Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, and Andrew Johnson's proclamations of amnesty to the Confederates.
Though it required a completion of the war itself and the eventual passage of the 13th amendment to finally put an end to slavery throughout the rest of the United States, the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation would have lasting repercussions not only in domestic affairs, but just as importantly in American foreign policy.
He wanted to take one last look at the final version of the proclamation he was about to sign.
A couple of years ago, speaking to a bipartisan group of college students about the Emancipation Proclamation, President Barack Obama commented, half jokingly, that if the executive order were signed today, headlines would scream, "Lincoln Sells Out Slaves" His observation spoke not only to our sensationalist news culture, but also to the rocky reputation of the Proclamation itself, a document that has been both praised and damned by politicians, scholars, and activists on both sides of the ideological aisle since Lincoln announced it in 1862 and then signed it 150 years ago this year, on January 1, 1863.
My students organized a petition to obtain signatures of people to support their efforts to have Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, issue a proclamation recognizing 28 April as Save the Frogs Day in our state.