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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The criminal statute was responsible for hundreds of thousands of arrests over the past four decades, according to state data. USA TODAY, "Record grapefruit, light rail win, Snake Road: News from around our 50 states," 29 Aug. 2019 Goldman contends the statute is what gives tech firms the power and freedom to explore what works and what doesn’t. Matt Laslo, WIRED, "The Fight Over Section 230—and the Internet as We Know It," 13 Aug. 2019 The criminalization statute is what gives Donald Trump the ability to take children away from their parents. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Candidates split on immigration," 31 July 2019 First, DiRuzzo said, the negligence statute is too vague when applied to Peterson’s conduct during the Parkland shooting. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Scot Peterson’s lawyer asks judge to dismiss charges in Stoneman Douglas negligence case," 19 July 2019 In fact, the executive branch’s authority over fracking is rather profoundly limited by statute. David French, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Plans for Everything’ Consistently Violate the Law," 9 Sep. 2019 Activities of the commission are limited to those authorities granted by state statute. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Volunteers needed: apply now to serve on Sugar Land boards, commissions," 3 Sep. 2019 The legislation would amend a U.S. statute originally meant to prevent Americans from minting their own physical currencies. Joe Lightbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Cryptocurrency lobby fights to contain backlash from Facebook’s Libra," 28 Aug. 2019 But the agency failed to review or even acknowledge those applications for years, despite a federal statute requiring a response within 90 days. Anna Gunther, CBS News, "DEA says it will expand marijuana research, ending years of delay," 26 Aug. 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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