What does the word declaration mean?

Usage examples for declaration

  1. The declaration is too hasty. – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski
  2. But to the girl it had meant more than any declaration in words. – Hidden Gold by Wilder Anthony
  3. The answer to the declaration was delayed for two months. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley