stat·​u·​to·​ry | \ ˈsta-chə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce statutory (audio) \

Definition of statutory

1 : of or relating to statutes
2 : enacted, created, or regulated by statute a statutory age limit

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statutorily \ ˌsta-​chə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce statutorily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of statutory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the conservative Federalist Society recently noted: The abundance of judges who do not view themselves as limited by constitutional or statutory text also drives the politicization of the confirmation process. John Fund, National Review, "It’s Time for Term Limits on the Supreme Court," 24 Nov. 2019 The charge of witness tampering against Stone carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and the other counts up to five-year terms, although a first offender would face far less time under federal sentencing guidelines. Washington Post, "Roger Stone jury weighs evidence and a defense move to make case about Mueller," 15 Nov. 2019 For more than 80 years, the Treasurer’s office has served as the statutory custodian of the public pension funds. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio Public Employees Retirement System told bank switch could save millions," 15 Nov. 2019 In essence, there has to be a statutory equivalency. CBS News, "Transcript: Carl Ghattas talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 13 Nov. 2019 Typically, there are two tests, a domicile test and a statutory residence test. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "Why Do One Percenters Like Donald Trump Move to Florida?," 7 Nov. 2019 Still, there isn’t a statutory law prohibiting the president from personally handling legal concerns, even seeking the help of a foreign authority to gather information on someone believed to be involved in a crime. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Hang on a minute, did Trump break the law with his Ukraine call?," 4 Nov. 2019 The statutory maximum for conspiracy to commit federal program bribery is five years. Danny Cevallos, NBC News, "College admissions scandal: Lori Loughlin's latest indictment likely a strategy to induce plea talks," 23 Oct. 2019 In the United Kingdom and in many other places, architects work within various statutory regulations. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "These Are the Best Designs for Disabilities," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of statutory

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Statutory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of statutory

: of or relating to formal laws or statutes
: controlled or determined by a law or rule


stat·​u·​to·​ry | \ ˈsta-chə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce statutory (audio) \

Legal Definition of statutory

1 : of or relating to a statute or statutes a statutory provision
2 : enacted, created, regulated, or defined by statute a statutory presumption a statutory insider

Other Words from statutory

statutorily \ ˌsta-​chə-​ˈtōr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce statutorily (audio) \ adverb

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