from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of declining or refusing; declension. See extract under declension, 3.
  • noun Specifically In Scots law, the privilege which a party has, in certain circumstances, to decline judicially the jurisdiction of the judge before whom he is cited.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of declining or refusing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of declining or refusing.


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  • To the romantic lover the disappointment was all the more severe, because he had made so sure of the young lady's affection; nor was it mitigated by the mode in which Miss Jennings conveyed her declinature.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

  • Reid did not undertake to settle that point -- a wise declinature, in the estimation of Mr

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847

  • His declinature was taken so hotly by the King and Arran that all who were present felt he was as good as a dead man; but 'Mr. Andro, never jarging [9] nor daschit [10] a whit, with magnanimus courage, mightie force of sprit and fouthe [11] of evidence of reason and langage, plainly tauld the King and

    Andrew Melville Famous Scots Series

  • The only men who behaved unhandsomely on the occasion were some of the Irish members, advocates of Repeal, who, with more than national brass, grounded their declinature on the galling yoke of the Saxon, and retreated to Connemara, doubtless exulting that in this instance at least they had freed themselves from "hereditary bonds."

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 361, November, 1845.

  • It was informally offered to Cairns through one of the councillors, but again he sent a declinature, and again he kept the matter carefully concealed.

    Principal Cairns

  • Dr. Livingstone very naturally understood this as a declinature of his proposals.

    The Personal Life Of David Livingstone

  • In a Parliament of May 18, 1584, such declinature of royal jurisdiction was, by "The Black Acts," made treason: Episcopacy was established; the heirs of Gowrie were disinherited; Angus, Mar, and other rebels were forfeited.

    A Short History of Scotland

  • He was not less brusque in the intimation of his declinature when Pollock gave him the opportunity to send a force in support of Sir Richmond Shakespear, whom, with a detachment of Kuzzilbash horse, Pollock had already despatched on the mission of attempting the liberation of the prisoners.

    The Afghan Wars 1839-42 and 1878-80

  • Cabul by a courteous declinature to receive an Envoy, assigning several specious reasons.

    The Afghan Wars 1839-42 and 1878-80

  • It has not been a lack of opportunity for marital contract on their part, but their own culture and refinement, and their exalted idea as to what a husband ought to be, have caused their declinature.

    The Wedding Ring A Series of Discourses for Husbands and Wives and Those Contemplating Matrimony


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