2. (Law) To state the plaintiff's cause of action at law in a legal form; as, the plaintiff declares in trespass.
(De*clar"ed*ly) adv. Avowedly; explicitly.
(De*clar"ed*ness), n. The state of being declared.
(De*clare"ment) n. Declaration. [Obs.]
(De*clar"er) n. One who makes known or proclaims; that which exhibits. Udall.
(De*clen"sion) n. [Apparently corrupted fr. F. déclinaison, fr. L. declinatio, fr. declinare.
See Decline, and cf. Declination.]
1. The act or the state of declining; declination; descent; slope.
The declension of the land from that place to the sea.T. Burnet.
2. A falling off towards a worse state; a downward tendency; deterioration; decay; as, the declension of
virtue, of science, of a state, etc.
Seduced the pitch and height of all his thoughtsShak.
To base declension.
3. Act of courteously refusing; act of declining; a declinature; refusal; as, the declension of a nomination.
4. (Gram.) (a) Inflection of nouns, adjectives, etc., according to the grammatical cases. (b) The form
of the inflection of a word declined by cases; as, the first or the second declension of nouns, adjectives,
etc. (c) Rehearsing a word as declined.
The nominative was held to be the primary and original form, and was likened to a perpendicular line; the
variations, or oblique cases, were regarded as fallings (hence called casus, cases, or fallings) from
the nominative or perpendicular; and an enumerating of the various forms, being a sort of progressive
descent from the noun's upright form, was called a declension. Harris.
Declension of the needle, declination of the needle.
(De*clen"sion*al) a. Belonging to declension.
Declensional and syntactical forms.M. Arnold.
(De*clin"a*ble) a. [Cf. F. déclinable. See Decline.] Capable of being declined; admitting of
declension or inflection; as, declinable parts of speech.
(De*clin"al) a. Declining; sloping.