De*clin"a*to*ry [LL. declinatorius, fr. L. declinare: cf. F. d'eclinatoire.]
Containing or involving a declination or refusal, as of submission to a charge or sentence.
Declinatory plea O. Eng.Law, the plea of sanctuary or of benefit of clergy, before trial or conviction; -- now abolished.
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