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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Other Words from statutory

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

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Other assault victims were spurred by what has been called the Cosby effect: Several of Cosby’s accusers, frustrated by the prosecution time limits, fought for statutory change. Ruth Padawer, New York Times, "Should Statutes of Limitations for Rape Be Abolished?," 19 June 2018 On one level, the decision sought to make sense of tangled statutory language. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court upholds Ohio’s purge of voting rolls," 11 June 2018 While statutory language may vary, the intent generally is to punish more harshly crimes committed owing to an underlying bias or hate. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "Many crimes may look motivated by hate. Proving it can be a different story.," 11 Apr. 2018 People know that they will be released, so there needs to be a statutory change. Fox News, "Should Trump make good on campaign promise in Syria?," 4 Apr. 2018 The statutory language for an interim appointment isn’t ironclad. Neil Vigdor,, "Interim Appointment For McDonald Would Allow Malloy To Bypass Legislature," 16 Mar. 2018 Clayton’s bill, however, is a statutory change that would require legislative action to undo. Judy L. Thomas And Laura Bauer, kansascity, "Town hall on secrecy in Kansas government headed to state capital," 30 Jan. 2018 Instead, the Supreme Court stated that the FLSA’s statutory exemptions should be interpreted according to their fair reading. April Boyer And Yamilet Hurtado, miamiherald, "Ruling on overtime exemption for dealership service advisors may have broader consequences," 10 June 2018 The governor can direct the state and its agencies to do things, but statutory laws are made by the legislature—the regulation of self-driving vehicles in Arizona can’t really go beyond existing law anyway. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Can You Sue a Robocar?," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of statutory

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of statutory was in 1678

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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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