statute

noun
stat·​ute | \ ˈsta-(ˌ)chüt How to pronounce statute (audio) , -chət\

Definition of statute

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

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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

Examples of statute in a Sentence

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

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This Mississippi statute was recently declared unconstitutional by a federal district court, from which an appeal is now planned. WSJ, "Two Other Thoughts on Late-Term Abortions," 7 Dec. 2018 In other states where marriages at 15 or younger remain legal, statutes generally require both parents' signatures, a judge's approval or proof of pregnancy. Eric Adler, Tessa Weinberg And Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Missouri outlawing marriage at 15, but critic calls new statute 'a waste of paper' | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 This statute is not designed for someone who’s already gone over the top. Krista Torralva, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF student who idolized mass shooters online can buy guns, judge decides," 2 Apr. 2018 Put in plain English, this statute does not criminalize lying to the public. David French, National Review, "The Obstruction Case against Trump Still Has a Way to Go," 1 Feb. 2018 For instance, a 2016 New York statute requires that Medicaid managed care plans suppress all EOBs for minors who have consented to their own health care. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "How to Get Birth Control and STI Testing If You’re on Your Parent’s Insurance," 5 Dec. 2018 The artist Robert Rauschenberg, a central figure in the fight for the statute’s implementation in the 1970s, often referenced his own experiences to champion the law. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "California Tried to Give Artists a Cut. But the Judges Said No.," 11 July 2018 Congress has devised a wide variety of limits and exceptions to the anti-discrimination statutes. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Kavanaugh is presenting himself as a #MeToo ally. His record shows he is not.," 6 Sep. 2018 Hemmons pointed to an Ohio statute that gives mayors, rather than council presidents, the ability to fill vacant seats if council doesn't vote. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Appeals Court rules East Cleveland mayor violated charter in appointing councilmen," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of statute

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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statute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of statute

: a written law that is formally created by a government
: a written rule or regulation

statute

noun
stat·​ute | \ ˈsta-chüt How to pronounce statute (audio) \

Kids Definition of statute

: law sense 4 a state statute

statute

noun
stat·​ute | \ ˈsta-chüt How to pronounce statute (audio) \

Legal Definition of statute

1 : a law enacted by the legislative branch of a government — see also code, statutory law
2 : an act of a corporation or its founder intended as a permanent rule
3 : an international instrument setting up an agency and regulating its scope or authority the statute of the International Court of Justice

History and Etymology for 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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