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declaratory

of a statute, stating the existing law on a particular subject; of a decree or judgment, stating the rights of the parties without specifying the action to be taken.
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DECLARATORY. Something which explains, or ascertains what before was uncertain or doubtful; as a declaratory statute, which is one passed to put an end to a doubt as to what the law is, and which declares what it is, and what it has been. 1 Bl. Com. 86.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.