What does statute mean?

Definitions for statute
ˈstætʃ ut, -ʊtstatute

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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 It continues in force until the time of its limitation has expired, unless sooner repealed.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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Statute

    stat′ūt, n. a law expressly enacted by the legislature (as distinguished from a customary law or law of use and wont): a written law: the act of a corporation or its founder, intended as a permanent rule or law.—adj. Stat′ūtable, made by statute: according to statute.—adv. Stat′ūtably.—ns. Stat′ute-book, a record of statutes or enacted laws; Stat′ute-cap (Shak.), a kind of cap enjoined to be worn by a statute passed in 1571 in behalf of the cap-makers; Stat′ute-roll, an enrolled statute.—adj. Stat′ūtory, enacted by statute: depending on statute for its authority. [L. statutum, that which is set up—statuĕre.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. statute

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

Editors Contribution

  1. statute

    A type of law or legislation.

    The statute was enacted by the government only when it was verified it complied with human rights legislation.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of statute in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of statute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of statute in a Sentence

  1. Don Christensen:

    Prior to [ the Mangahas ] decision coming out, everybody knew that there was not a statute of limitations for rape in the military. Everyone. It was accepted, look at what the intent of Congress was. And it's clear that Congress in'86 changed the statute of limitations, in 2006 changed the statute of limitations. They did not want a statute of limitations. Period.

  2. Brett Kavanaugh:

    As I’ve said before, [Garland is] a great judge – a great chief judge – and he’s very careful and very hardworking, and we work well together and try to read the statute as written, read the precedent as written, he’s a judge – like I try to be as well – a judge who’s not trying to impose any personal preferences onto the decision but take the law as written, and that’s what I’ve tried to do in those cases and that probably explains some of that.

  3. Cleta Mitchell:

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

  4. Rick Santorum:

    I wrote the partial-birth abortion statute and if you listen to the tapes, and you look at what the procedures are, they are doing just that.

  5. Marco Rubio:

    I guess there's a statute of limitations on lies.

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