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

Examples of statutory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since August, the bureau had been scrambling to finish the count and process the data in time for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to deliver it to the president by the statutory deadline of Dec. 31. Washington Post, "Trump unlikely to get census data in time to exclude undocumented from representation," 19 Nov. 2020 The judge can only decide if the defendants met the minimal statutory requirements to deem Castro and John Doe responsible third parties. Peggy O’hare,, "Medina County man, and a mysterious John Doe, are roped into San Marcos fire lawsuits," 19 Nov. 2020 The most legally vulnerable maneuver, the Pennsylvania supreme court’s disregarding the statutory deadline for mail-in ballots, does not even figure in the current count. The Editors, National Review, "Biden’s Empty Victory," 7 Nov. 2020 Ignoring an express statutory deadline, the justices held that potential mail delays disfranchise voters and violate the state constitution’s guarantee of free and equal elections. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Voters and the Other Supreme Courts," 1 Nov. 2020 Anderson noted at that meeting that a proposal to the board of directors to designate the former Nathan Hale School and neighborhood as a redevelopment area had failed — in part because the area did not meet statutory requirements. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Ahead of Parkade revival, Manchester officials look to next area of redevelopment focus," 5 Nov. 2020 The judge rejected arguments by Rittenhouse's attorney that the documents did not conform to statutory requirements and that extraditing the teenager to Wisconsin would violate his Constitutional rights. NBC News, "Kyle Rittenhouse, charged with killing 2 Kenosha protesters, extradited to Wisconsin," 31 Oct. 2020 Severance packages for those laid off are well in excess of statutory requirements, Healy said. Kyunghee Park,, "Cathay Pacific Joins Aviation Jobs Cull, Closes Regional Carrier," 21 Oct. 2020 Kiffmeyer wanted to know whether the counties were complying with statutory requirements for the accepting and rejecting of ballots. Kim Crockett, Star Tribune, "Counterpoint: No, all is not well with Minnesota's election system," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of statutory

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Nov 2020

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“Statutory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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