Definitions for statuteˈstætʃ ut, -ʊt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. legislative act, statute(adj)

    an act passed by a legislative body

  2. codified, statute(p)(adj)

    enacted by a legislative body

    "statute law"; "codified written laws"


  1. statute(Noun)

    Written law, as laid down by the legislature.

  2. statute(Noun)

    (Common law) Legislated rule of society which has been given the force of law by those it governs.

  3. Origin: From status, from status, from statutum, neuter singular of statutus, past participle of statuere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Statute(noun)

    an act of the legislature of a state or country, declaring, commanding, or prohibiting something; a positive law; the written will of the legislature expressed with all the requisite forms of legislation; -- used in distinction fraom common law. See Common law, under Common, a

  2. Statute(adj)

    an act of a corporation or of its founder, intended as a permanent rule or law; as, the statutes of a university

  3. Statute(adj)

    an assemblage of farming servants (held possibly by statute) for the purpose of being hired; -- called also statute fair


  1. Statute

    A statute is a formal written enactment of a legislative authority that governs a state, city, or county. Typically, statutes command or prohibit something, or declare policy. The word is often used to distinguish law made by legislative bodies from case law, decided by courts, and regulations issued by government agencies. Statutes are sometimes referred to as legislation or "black letter law." As a source of law, statutes are considered primary authority. Ideally all statutes must be in harmony with the fundamental law of the land. This word is used in contradistinction to the common law. Statutes acquire their force from the time of their passage, however unless otherwise provided. Statutes are of several kinds; namely, Public or private. Declaratory or remedial. Temporary or perpetual. A temporary statute is one which is limited in its duration at the time of its enactment. It continues in force until the time of its limitation has expired, unless sooner repealed. A perpetual statute is one for the continuance of which there is no limited time, although it may not be expressly declared to be so. If, however, a statute which did not itself contain any limitation is to be governed by another which is temporary only, the former will also be temporary and dependent upon the existence of the latter.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. statute

    The proof, record and final justification of the infallibility of Ignorance.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'statute' in Nouns Frequency: #1722

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steve Luparello:

    There is a certainly a way you can read the statute that is very restrictive.

  2. Paul Honeman:

    We want to be in the driver's seat of how the community responds to the statute.

  3. Yolanda Fernandez:

    The whole thing is covered by state statute, so we have to follow the law there.

  4. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer:

    There's something odd about this statute that's causing the problem, and I can't put my finger on it.

  5. Cleta Mitchell:

    It is outside the scope of the agency’s federal statute, which is to enforce the federal campaign finance laws.

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