noun stat·ute \ˈsta-(ˌ)chüt, -chət\

: a written law that is formally created by a government

: a written rule or regulation

Full Definition of STATUTE

:  a law enacted by the legislative branch of a government
:  an act of a corporation or of its founder intended as a permanent rule
:  an international instrument setting up an agency and regulating its scope or authority

Examples of STATUTE

  1. The state legislature passed the statute by an overwhelming margin.
  2. business practices that are prohibited by statute

Origin of STATUTE

Middle English, from Anglo-French estatut, from Late Latin statutum law, regulation, from Latin, neuter of statutus, past participle of statuere to set up, station, from status position, state
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of STATUTE

law, rule, regulation, precept, statute, ordinance, canon mean a principle governing action or procedure. law implies imposition by a sovereign authority and the obligation of obedience on the part of all subject to that authority <obey the law>. rule applies to more restricted or specific situations <the rules of the game>. regulation implies prescription by authority in order to control an organization or system <regulations affecting nuclear power plants>. precept commonly suggests something advisory and not obligatory communicated typically through teaching <the precepts of effective writing>. statute implies a law enacted by a legislative body <a statute requiring the use of seat belts>. ordinance applies to an order governing some detail of procedure or conduct enforced by a limited authority such as a municipality <a city ordinance>. canon suggests in nonreligious use a principle or rule of behavior or procedure commonly accepted as a valid guide <the canons of good taste>.

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STATUTE Defined for Kids


noun stat·ute \ˈsta-chüt\

Definition of STATUTE for Kids

:  law 4 <a state statute>
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