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
Recent Examples on the Web The statute does not require that minutes or draft minutes be published to all members, but many HOAs post minutes on their web sites for all members to see. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront – Requests for HOA Information (Part 2)," 12 Dec. 2020 But the man who'd made the false claims — 42-year-old Steve Nguyen — was arrested on a count of fake explosive device, a state statute that makes phony bombs a crime, according to an NOPD spokesperson. Bryn Stole | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "NOPD ID's suspects in Dauphine standoff, Jackson Square phony bomb scare," 11 Dec. 2020 Days earlier, Kevin Pituch, an assistant county prosecutor, sent an email to Fox that said state statute allows the board to make the decision. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Christian schools sue Lucas County health board, claiming closings violate religious freedoms," 8 Dec. 2020 While Georgia's Legislature passed a hate crimes bill into law in June, following a push by activists who cited Arbery's case, the state statute is not retroactive. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Ahmaud Arbery shooting suspects pose "significant" danger to community, judge says," 5 Dec. 2020 The commissioners are leaning on a state statute that gives the commissioners authority to contract, or approve purchases. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Commissioners table sheriff’s department purchases as county purchasing authority debate continues," 2 Dec. 2020 Brnovich also took aim at the idea that officials should only conduct hand count audits using polling precincts because state statute explicitly references them. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona GOP sues to force a new vote audit; attorney general rips the party's legal claims," 13 Nov. 2020 State statute also lays out several requirements: the appointee must be an Indiana resident for the two years prior to the appointment, possesses an advanced degree, and is/has been an educator for a certain period of time. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Addressing teacher pay, racial equity and more: Commitments Gov. Holcomb made to schools," 9 Nov. 2020 State statute requires that town clerk’s keep their offices open until 8 p.m. on Election Day for emergency ballot issues. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Quarantined and can’t vote? Connecticut voters can get an emergency absentee ballot hand delivered," 30 Oct. 2020

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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 2021

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“Statute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statute. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for statute

statute

noun
How to pronounce statute (audio)

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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