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

Other Words from statutory

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

Examples of statutory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several legal scholars have argued that a vaccine mandate in the workplace is within OSHA’s statutory authority. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, 19 Nov. 2021 Some states have constitutional or statutory deadlines -- set in anticipation that the Census Bureau would deliver the necessary data on time -- that are imminent or in some cases have already been missed. Brian Stelter, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 The 2019 law made the OVEC charges part of Ohio statutory law and extended them through 2030 for all Ohio utility ratepayers. cleveland, 21 June 2021 Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge pledged a lawsuit and said the rule exceeds OSHA's statutory authority. Ryan Tarinelli, Arkansas Online, 5 Nov. 2021 Congress has, over time, granted the SEC with express statutory authority to seek specific monetary penalties. The Insider, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Officials under former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, however, argued that widespread cancellation of student loans would go beyond the President’s statutory authority under both the HEA and the HEROES Act. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The debt ceiling fix, which increases the statutory limit by $480 billion, passed the Senate Thursday evening and will now go to the House, where it is also expected to pass. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2021 The bill would raise the statutory debt limit by $480 billion, an amount the Treasury Department estimates would be enough to allow the government to continue borrowing through at least Dec. 3., 8 Oct. 2021

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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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“Statutory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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 statutory (audio) \ adverb


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