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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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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After Ana’s case was made public, even longtime supporters of the statute expressed concern. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019 The requirements of this statute, and the consequences for violating it, are part of the reason many employers outsource their payroll administration to companies such as ADP. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Employer may identify itself by recorded fictitious business name on paystub," 10 June 2019 Arti Rai, a patent law scholar at Duke University, finds more comfort in the parts of the statute the new bill leaves unchanged, namely the novelty requirement. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented," 5 June 2019 Only if a statute is vague may judges consider whether regulators’ interpretation of law is reasonable. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Brave New Habitat," 30 Sep. 2018 His lawsuit alleges the statute is overbroad and violates the First Amendment. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Does Washington cyberstalking law violate free-speech rights? Bainbridge man gets new chance to make his case," 11 Sep. 2018 The lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to bar officials from enforcing the law and alleges the statute is unconstitutional because it's trumped by federal law. Jacques Billeaud, azcentral, "Lawsuit filed against 2016 law that bans groups from collecting mail-in ballots," 4 July 2018 The courts did not reach a conclusion on whether the state statute was overreaching. Ralph Ellis, CNN, "South Florida cities sue state over right to regulate guns," 3 Apr. 2018 The Federal Arbitration Act, moreover, should pre-empt any state statute or court ruling that prohibits arbitration, a point never mentioned by the SEC. Hal Scott, WSJ, "The SEC’s Misguided Attack on Shareholder Arbitration," 22 Feb. 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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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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