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 Federal regulators do indeed have the statutory right to set national fuel-efficiency guidelines, as the EPA and DOT wrote. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Trump admin threatens California, automakers over emissions deal," 6 Sep. 2019 No’ vote retains redistricting by legislature, a body whose members are strictly apportioned in accordance with population; retains current constitutional and statutory redistricting requirements. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Explanation of potential ballot measure rewriting Oregon redistricting rules needs rewrite, state Supreme Court rules," 20 Aug. 2019 The labels are seeking up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each infringed work. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Record Labels File Copyright Lawsuit Against Internet Provider RCN," 28 Aug. 2019 Guzman is seeking statutory damages, actual and punitive damages, costs, interest, and restitution from NSI Holdings for the use of the photograph. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Married officer sues dating site for using his photo in ads," 14 Aug. 2019 The court saw it differently, ruling that the victims’ own knowledge of Yeshiva’s conduct set the statutory clock ticking decades earlier. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019 Tennessee is one of only 14 states without a statutory requirement of a paper record of all ballots — regarded by most election security experts as crucial to ensuring accurate vote-counting. Washington Post, "Federal judge dismisses voting security lawsuit in Tennessee," 13 Sep. 2019 If convicted of the drug trafficking charge alleged in the complaint, Pettit will face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Cameron James Pettit arrested for allegedly selling fentanyl-laced drugs to Mac Miller before his death," 4 Sep. 2019 Such statutory obligations ordinarily cannot be avoided through bankruptcy proceedings. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky high court rules mental health center can't escape pension costs with bankruptcy," 29 Aug. 2019

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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 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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