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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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ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand issued a proclamation against the clerics while conducting proceedings on three identical FIRs lodged against the clerics and protesters.
The governors proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather.
The tough-talking mayor was firm in his decision to skip the proclamation, calling it corny.
Typically, the proclamations include an awareness of the growing need for local school districts and educational agencies to address students' emotional, physical, and environmental needs so that students can achieve academic success.
The British government hoped to enforce this Proclamation policy with military posts on the interior boundary line, dividing the white settlers from the native peoples on a north-south axis.
The first is the use of presidential proclamations, and the second is unilateral power as used by early presidents.
In fact, President Lincoln specifically gave the rebellious communities 100 days notice before the Proclamation took effect and laid out several exceptions.
Whereas, the county must have some creative and wise employees who surely can figure out a way to issue proclamations without spending so many tax dollars, and might consider such options as requiring that all requests for proclamations be received by the start of the year and then issuing them in a single batch, giving each group or organization time to make public presentations at board meetings during their assigned day, week, month, year and what have you; and
Commissioner Jayme Morris-Hardeman announced that if there had been a vote, she would have voted in favor of the proclamation.
Point #1: Yoder has a theology of proclamation whereby God is more than our proclamation and our proclamation of God needs time and is insufficient.
It must be one of the laws of nature: City Council proclamations abhor a vacuum.
Lynn noted that James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, said governmental prayer proclamations "certainly nourish the erroneous idea of a national religion" and warned that public officials would use such proclamations to advance their political agendas.