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statute

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noun stat·ute \ˈsta-(ˌ)chüt, -chət\

Simple Definition of statute

  • : a written law that is formally created by a government

  • : a written rule or regulation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of statute

  1. 1 :  a law enacted by the legislative branch of a government

  2. 2 :  an act of a corporation or of its founder intended as a permanent rule

  3. 3 :  an international instrument setting up an agency and regulating its scope or authority

Examples of statute in a sentence

  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>.


STATUTE Defined for Kids

statute

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noun stat·ute \ˈsta-chüt\

Definition of statute for Students

  1. :  law 4 <a state statute>




Law Dictionary

statute

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noun stat·ute \ˈsta-chüt\

Legal Definition of statute

  1. 1 :  a law enacted by the legislative branch of a government — see also code, statutory law

  2. 2 :  an act of a corporation or its founder intended as a permanent rule

  3. 3 :  an international instrument setting up an agency and regulating its scope or authority <the statute of the International Court of Justice>



Origin of statute

Latin statutum law, regulation, from neuter of statutus, past participle of statuere to set up, station, from status position, state



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