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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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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Under the doctrine, courts must generally defer to an agency’s own interpretation of federal statutes when hearing challenges to that agency’s exercise of power. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Watershed Moment in American History," 10 July 2018 His positions have suggested a skepticism toward the Chevron doctrine, a precedent that calls for courts to defer to agency interpretations of statutes. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Is Business's New Best Friend," 10 July 2018 South Carolina doesn't have a social-host liability statute, but courts allow victims to file claims for compensation. Kathleen Purvis And Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Here's what you need to know about drunk driving in the Carolinas," 29 June 2018 In the 2006 suit, Fellez accused Farnsworth of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and violations of Washington and Florida state securities statutes. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "A trail of lawsuits and a failed psychic hotline. Meet the Miami man running MoviePass," 28 June 2018 The complaint made in the Dunes Action matter involved allegations of potential violation of state statutes. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Valparaiso lease deal gets further scrutiny by county officials," 15 June 2018 But Carmouche said those arguments are a misreading of both federal and state statutes, and that the lawsuits all deal with the companies' state law violations. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "42 oil wetland damage suits move back to federal courts," 30 May 2018 Along with the tacos, the group also plans to give Schlossberg and his entire staff a copy of all federal and state statutes mentioning that undocumented immigrants do not qualify for welfare. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Racist Man Who Threatened to Call ICE on Spanish Speakers to Be Besieged by Mariachis and Tacos, Thanks to the Internet," 17 May 2018 And what’s even more egregious is the reality that, under the absurdly generous terms of both state and city statutes governing low-income tax abatements, Ku is seemingly upholding the terms of his contract with the city. Vinny Vella, Courant Community, "Vinny Vella: After Nearly A Year Of Waiting, Clay Arsenal Tenants Need Action," 28 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

Latin statutum law, regulation, from 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

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