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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Biden, who has many Black men and women in key positions throughout his administration, stressed that forms of racial terror continue in the United States, demonstrating the need for an anti-lynching statute. Darlene Superville, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2022 The new bill amends an existing federal statute rather than creating a new one. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 Georgia legislators significantly narrowed the citizen’s arrest law in response to Arbery’s death, and many criticized the old law as an outdated statute encouraging vigilantism. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Senate Bill 391 took effect as an urgency statute immediately once the Gov. Gavin Newsom approved it on Sept. 23. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 Unlike other states, Illinois does not have an overarching statute that governs the use of license plate data. Zach Harris, chicagotribune.com, 28 Aug. 2021 The suit contends that Trump and his codefendants violated the Ku Klux Klan Act, an 1871 statute that includes protections against violent conspiracies that interfere with Congress’ constitutional duties. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2021 As some cities started winning, gun manufacturers went to Congress and got an immunity statute for the manufacturers. Eduardo Castillo And Christopher Sherman, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Aug. 2021 As some cities started winning, gun manufacturers went to Congress and got an immunity statute for the manufacturers. Fox News, 5 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Statute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statute. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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