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
Recent Examples on the Web Interpreting a statute that is intended to protect property from fire to instead create incentives to allow property to burn makes little sense. Jonathan Romeo, The Denver Post, "Lawsuit against railroad over wildfire should proceed, judge rules," 31 Dec. 2019 But Alaska doesn’t have a hate-crime statute, so the Soldotna police and Alaska State Troopers investigating the incidents aren’t using those words. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Kenai Peninsula LGBTQ activist reports being slashed and beaten at home after she received threatening note," 27 Dec. 2019 Big Tech is lobbying lawmakers in Washington, DC, for a federal statute on the subject. The Economist, "The data sheriffs Companies should take California’s new data-privacy law seriously," 18 Dec. 2019 In March, Huawei went on the offensive, filing a lawsuit in federal court against a statute that blocks U.S. government agencies from using its equipment. Fortune, "How China’s Huawei Got the Starring Role in an International Struggle for Tech Supremacy," 17 Dec. 2019 Prosecutors are examining whether the companies violated the federal Controlled Substances Act, a statute that prosecutors have begun using against opioid makers and distributors this year. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Feds probe drug makers for flooding communities with opioids; States proceeding with importation," 27 Nov. 2019 In short, some tech companies have tightly controlled the repair processes around their products for years, and many even suggest that tinkering with a product will void its warranty (while a federal statute restricts these kinds of conditions). Wired, "Right-to-Repair Groups Don't Buy Apple’s Answers to Congress," 27 Nov. 2019 While early voting is underway, a new statute passed by the 86th Legislature now requires even more transparency with those who cast votes in Texas elections. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "New statute requires county clerk to place address, names of voters online," 31 Oct. 2019 One contention was that a videotape would not qualify as a record that a defendant could be punished for destroying or concealing under a federal statute intended to prevent the destruction of evidence of financial fraud. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "R. Kelly, worried his infected toe might be stepped on, skips court hearing," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Statute.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statute. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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More Definitions for statute

statute

noun
How to pronounce statute (audio)

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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