statute

noun
stat·​ute | \ ˈsta-(ˌ)chüt , -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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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On top of that is the applicability of these statutes to foreign bank accounts. Emily Stewart, Vox, "8 experts on why the Paul Manafort jury doesn’t have a verdict yet — and what it might mean," 19 Aug. 2018 Drive the German countryside — no statutes of Hitler, for example. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Statue of Confederate general is no 'piece of art,' has no place in Lake County museum," 1 July 2018 Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s. CBS News, "Harvey Weinstein arraigned on rape, other sex charges," 25 May 2018 Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to face sex crime charges in New York," 25 May 2018 Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there go back to the 1980s. Colleen Long, BostonGlobe.com, "Harvey Weinstein expected to turn himself in for arrest," 24 May 2018 Texas has statutes of descent and distribution that tell you where the title vests as a matter of state law. George Stephens And Charles J. Jacobus, Houston Chronicle, "Ask George & Chuck: Home buyer seeks to handle encroachment the right way," 15 Apr. 2018 Here's why: The bill seeks to undue the Supreme Court ruling in the Myers case and again impose that cutoff, or what in legal terms is called a statute of repose. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "'Tragic consequences': new bill could rob asbestos disease victims of rights to seek justice," 25 Feb. 2018 The attorneys in Cleveland also said, in the extremely rare case, prosecutors could seek a waiver of the statute of limitations by obtaining an agreement with a person's defense counsel that the statute can be extended. John Caniglia, cleveland.com, "Statute of limitations in Pilot Flying J fraud case draws near," 2 Feb. 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 \

Kids Definition of statute

: law sense 4 a state statute

statute

noun
stat·​ute | \ ˈsta-chüt \

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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