stat·​u·​to·​ry | \ ˈsta-chə-ˌtȯr-ē \

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 \ adverb

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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 The plaintiffs want statutory damages and penalties awarded to them and other class members, as well as the providing of credit monitoring services, punitive damages, and the coverage of attorneys’ fees and expenses. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook faces class-action lawsuit over massive new hack," 28 Sep. 2018 But the case was dismissed on Thursday after his lawyer, Nick Freeman, who is known in legal circles as Mr. Loophole, successfully argued that Beckham received notice of the violation outside of the statutory 14-day window. Fox News, "David Beckham beats speeding ticket with help from 'Mr. Loophole'," 28 Sep. 2018 More than 20 States have statutory schemes built on the decision. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Topples Precedent to Hobble Public Unions," 27 June 2018 At the time being launched, the EQ models will feature the latest status of automated driving - always under the premise of safety and in compliance with the statutory regulations. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Hair Saloon plans Houston expansion," 10 July 2018 Critics expressed fears that the court's ruling would embolden Trump to further test the limits of his statutory authority to enforce border-control laws without explicit approval from lawmakers. David Nakamura,, "Travel ban ruling could embolden Trump in remaking U.S. immigration system," 26 June 2018 Britain is the only EU member without a statutory time limit on the detention of migrants, with thousands held in detention centers for months or years. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "'Trump Baby' flies as protesters in UK galvanize against US president," 13 July 2018 The woman is seeking an injunction to prevent the further spread of the content online, as well as at least $75,000 in compensatory, statutory and punitive damages. Sara O'brien, CNN, "University of Central Florida fraternity members accused of posting revenge porn on Facebook," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of statutory

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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 \ adverb

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