statute book


Definition of statute book

: the whole body of legislation of a given jurisdiction whether or not published as a whole usually used in plural

Examples of statute book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Logan Act is the appendix of U.S. statute books, a law that serves no useful purpose. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 19 May 2020 If withholding military aid to the government of Ukraine were on the statute books as a crime, Trump couldn’t do it. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 30 Jan. 2020 France is the first European country to put the European Union’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market on its statute books, taking effect at the end of October. Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2019 Indeed, many African governments have restricted the basic freedoms of their citizens by using colonial era legislation still on the statute books. Jonathan Fisher, Quartz Africa, 2 Nov. 2019 But the timing was particularly inauspicious, as tech regulation edges closer to becoming part of the statute book in Europe. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2019 But the death penalty is still on the statute book. The Economist, 4 July 2019 This raises the prospect that at any time the legislature in London could decide not to put a new EU law onto the U.K. statute book, a step that would likely lead to the suspension of the U.K.’s special membership of the EU’s single market. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, 10 July 2018 By 1900, the gold standard was written into the statute books. James Grant, WSJ, 28 May 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Statute book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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