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 That same statute also requires that a juvenile's incarceration be reevaluated every 30 days, so the argument for removing Ethan Crumbley to a youth detention center will likely come up again. Tresa Baldas, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 Prosecutors' decision to bring the charge seditious conspiracy carries symbolic and political weight; the relevant statute dates back to the Civil War-era. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 If the statute is toughened, law enforcement could impound the dirt bikes and ATVs as well. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Jan. 2022 Both Bawili and Holt's fatal shootings will be classified as double homicides by Louisville Metro Police, based off Kentucky’s Fetal Homicide statute. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 12 Jan. 2022 That same statute also requires that a juvenile's incarceration be re-evaluated every 30 days, so the argument for removing Ethan Crumbley to a youth detention center will likely come up again. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 12 Jan. 2022 Justices Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh suggested that the governing statute had not authorized the agency to impose the mandate clearly enough, given the political and economic stakes. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 8 Jan. 2022 Right to withhold rent to force repairs Only five states, including Indiana, have no statute allowing a tenant to withhold rent until necessary housing repairs are made. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Jan. 2022 However, state lawmakers have flexibility and can change those dates, which are set but statute and not the constitution. cleveland, 6 Jan. 2022

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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 Jan 2022

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“Statute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statute. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for statute

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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