noun \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

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