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Proclamation Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    proclamation n
  1. a formal public statement; "the government made an announcement about changes in the drug war"; "a declaration of independence" [syn: announcement, annunciation, declaration]
  2. the formal act of proclaiming; giving public notice; "his promulgation of the policy proved to be premature" [syn: promulgation]
Proclamation Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Proclamation \Proc`la*ma"tion\, n. [F. proclamation, L. proclamatio. See Proclaim.]
  1. The act of proclaiming; official or general notice; publication. King Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; none was exempted. --1 Kings xv. 22.
  2. That which is proclaimed, publicly announced, or officially declared; a published ordinance; as, the proclamation of a king; a Thanksgiving proclamation.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Proclamation'

A proclamation (Lat. proclamare, to make public by announcement) is an official declaration.

In English law, a proclamation is a formal announcement ("royal proclamation"), made under the great seal, of some matter which the King in Council or Queen in Council desires to make known to his or her subjects: e.g., the declaration of war, or state of emergency, the statement of neutrality, the summoning or dissolution of Parliament, or the bringing into operation of the provisions of some statute the enforcement of which the legislature has left to the discretion of the king in the announcement .

Royal proclamations of this character, made in furtherance of the executive power of the Crown, are binding on the subject, "where they do not either contradict the old laws or tend to establish new ones, but only confine the execution of such laws as are already in being in such matter as the sovereign shall judge necessary" (Blackstone's Commentaries, ed. Stephen, ii. 528; Stephen's Commentaries, 14th ed. 1903, ii. 506, 507; Dicey, Law of the Constitution, 6th ed., 51). Royal proclamations, which, although not made in pursuance of the executive powers of the Crown, either call upon the subjects to fulfil some duty which they are by law bound to perform, or to abstain from any acts or conduct already prohibited by law, are lawful and right, and disobedience to them (while not of itself a misdemeanour) is an aggravation of the offence (see charge of Chief Justice Cockburn to the grand jury in R. v. Eyre (1867) and Case of Proclamations 1610, 12 Co. Rep.

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* Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact. - Lyndon B. Johnson

* We are certain that there is forgiveness, because there is a Gospel, and the very essence of the Gospel lies in the proclamation of the pardon of sin. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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