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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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 To get out of the detention center, Rosa would need to post a $1,500 bond, the statutory minimum. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Separated at the border, asylum seeker pleads for son's return," 5 July 2018 Path’s decision to surrender the charter voluntarily comes a few weeks before the state’s statutory deadline — July 19 — to make a final decision on revocation. Kathleen Megan,, "Path Academy Surrenders Charter Before State Makes Revocation Decision," 3 July 2018 For too long, of course, the court has in key cases, strayed from simple statutory and constitutional interpretation in order to advance a liberal social agenda. Fox News, "Ingraham: Democrats racing to the left," 28 June 2018 But Roberts and his colleagues avoided those questions by resolving the case’s underlying dispute on statutory grounds instead. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How the Supreme Court Kills Roe v. Wade," 11 July 2018 Whereas a clerk handles statutory functions such as record-keeping, licensing and others clearly defined by law, an administrator's duties are more open and wide-ranging, according to Gresch. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After her predecessor's abrupt resignation, Lisbon interim administrator to stay on for foreseeable future," 9 July 2018 Not to be strong armed by unions to fund causes to offend core values, and the majority upheld the president's statutory authority to control immigration for national security in the travel ban case. Fox News, "Ingraham: Democrats racing to the left," 28 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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