Legal Definition and Related Resources of Proclamation

Meaning of Proclamation

promulgation , the official announcement or formal declaration . The act of causing some state matters to be published or made generally known. A publication by authority . A notice to the public of anything or a public declaration of the sovereign ‘s will made to his subjects. A written or printed document in which are contained such matters issued by proper authority. No particular form is necessary to qualify a document as a proclamation.

Proclamation Alternative Definition

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 proclamation, 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. The giving of publicity is essential to the idea of a proclamation, no paper being such until it is in some manner published. 101 U. S. 770. I- In Practice. The declaration made by the crier, by authority of the court, that something is about to be done. It usually commences with the French word oyez (hear ye), 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.

Synonyms of Proclamation


  • announcement
  • annunciation
  • declaration
  • decree
  • decretal
  • edict
  • edictum
  • exclamation
  • fiat
  • mandate
  • manifesto
  • message
  • notification
  • official publication
  • promulgation
  • pronouncement
  • public announcement
  • public avowal
  • public notice
  • publication
  • recitation
  • rescript
  • statement

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Meaning of Proclamation in Canada

In this country (and some others), a meaning of Proclamation may be the following: The act of publically proclaiming or publishing, a formal declaration. Statutory proclamations are issued by the Crown, not under the prerogative, but under statutory authority (The Oxford Companion to Law by David M. Walker, 1982, p. 1004).


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Proclamation

(You may find proclamation at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

late 14c., “act of making public,” also “that which is proclaimed;” from Old French proclamacion (14c., Modern French proclamation) and directly from Latin proclamationem (nominative proclamatio), noun of action from past participle stem of proclamare (see proclaim).





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