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Declaration of Independence Explained

Declaration of Independence at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

the the document written in 1776, in which the thirteen British colonies in America officially stated that they were an independent nation and would no longer agree to be ruled by Britain. The most famous part of it is: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.//

Declaration of Independence at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Document approved by the Continental Congress that announced the separation of 13 N. Amer. British colonies from Britain. The armed conflict during the Amer. Revolution gradually convinced the colonists that separation from Britain was essential. Several colonies instructed their delegates to the Continental Congress to vote for independence. On June 7, R. H. Lee of Virginia offered a resolution for independence. The congress appointed T. Jefferson, J. Adams, B. Franklin, R. Sherman, and R. Livingston to draft a declaration. Jefferson was persuaded to write the draft, which was presented with few changes on June 28. It began with a declaration of individual rights and then listed the acts of tyranny by George III that formed the justification for seeking independence. After debate and changes to accommodate regional interests, incl. deletion of a condemnation of slavery, it was approved on July 4 as "The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America." It was signed by Congress president J. Hancock, printed, and read aloud to a crowd assembled outside, then engrossed (written in script) on parchment and signed by the 56 delegates.

Declaration of Independence at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Independence \In`de*pend"ence\, n. [Cf. F. ind['e]pendance.]
1. The state or quality of being independent; freedom from
dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by,
others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of
one's own affairs without interference.

Let fortune do her worst, . . . as long as she never
makes us lose our honesty and our independence.

2. Sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.

{Declaration of Independence} (Amer. Hist.), the declaration
of the Congress of the Thirteen United States of America,
on the 4th of July, 1776, by which they formally declared
that these colonies were free and independent States, not
subject to the government of Great Britain.

Declaration \Dec`la*ra"tion\, n. [F. d['e]claration, fr. L.
declaratio, fr. declarare. See {Declare}.]
1. The act of declaring, or publicly announcing; explicit
asserting; undisguised token of a ground or side taken on
any subject; proclamation; exposition; as, the declaration
of an opinion; a declaration of war, etc.

2. That which is declared or proclaimed; announcement;
distinct statement; formal expression; avowal.

Declarations of mercy and love . . . in the Gospel.

3. The document or instrument containing such statement or
proclamation; as, the Declaration of Independence (now
preserved in Washington).

In 1776 the Americans laid before Europe that noble
Declaration, which ought to be hung up in the
nursery of every king, and blazoned on the porch of
every royal palace. --Buckle.

4. (Law) That part of the process in which the plaintiff sets
forth in order and at large his cause of complaint; the
narration of the plaintiff's case containing the count, or
counts. See {Count}, n., 3.

{Declaration of Independence}. (Amer. Hist.) See under

{Declaration of rights}. (Eng. Hist) See {Bill of rights},
under {Bill}.

{Declaration of trust} (Law), a paper subscribed by a grantee
of property, acknowledging that he holds it in trust for
the purposes and upon the terms set forth. --Abbott.

Declaration of Independence at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

Declaration of Independence
n : the document recording the proclamation of the second
Continental Congress (4 July 1776) asserting the
independence of the colonies from Great Britain