United States Code(U.S.C.)


comprehensive body of laws, both general and permanent, passed by Congress and organized topically under 50 titles. The first edition of the code was issued in 1926, and a second, cumulative edition was released in 1932. This pattern of providing cumulative updates every six years continues to the present day, although various interim supplements are also published. A typical citation to the code (e.g., 15 U.S.C. § 290) gives the title number (a number from 1 to 50), the abbreviated title of the code itself (U.S.C.), and the section number under which the statute may be found.

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“United States Code.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/United%20States%20Code. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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