What does statute mean?

Definitions for statute
ˈstætʃ ut, -ʊtstatute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. legislative act, statuteadjective

    an act passed by a legislative body

  2. codified, statute(p)adjective

    enacted by a legislative body

    "statute law"; "codified written laws"


  1. statutenoun

    Written law, as laid down by the legislature.

  2. statutenoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Statutenoun

    A law; an edict of the legislature.

    Etymology: statut, French; statutum, Latin.

    Not only the common law, but also the statutes and acts of parliament were specially intended for its benefit. Edmund Spenser.

    Blood hath been shed,
    Ere human statute purg’d the gen’ral weal. William Shakespeare.

    There was a statute against vagabonds; wherein note the dislike the parliament had of goaling them as chargeable and pesterous. Francis Bacon.

    Know the statutes of heaven and laws of eternity, those immutable rules of justice. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    O queen, indulg’d by favour of the gods,
    To build a town, with statutes to restrain
    The wild inhabitant beneath thy reign. John Dryden, Æneid.


  1. Statute

    A statute is a formal written enactment of a legislative authority that governs the legal entities of a city, state, or country by way of consent. Typically, statutes command or prohibit something, or declare policy. Statutes are rules made by legislative bodies; they are distinguished from case law or precedent, which is decided by courts, and regulations issued by government agencies.


  1. statute

    A statute is a formal, written law enacted by a legislative body, such as a parliament or congress. It was created and passed according to the rules and procedures of that body and has been officially signed into effect. It serves as a rule or regulation that all members of a specified jurisdiction must adhere to. Statutes may govern anything from civil codes, to criminal offenses, to procedures for government operation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Statutenoun

    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. Statuteadjective

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

  3. Statuteadjective

    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 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. Victoria Castro:

    I support making a requirement by statute. Congress passing a law that requires people who are running for president to submit 10 years of their tax returns, it is astonishing that This President still has not released This President taxes, even though This President said, at one point, that This President would.

  2. Steve Shadowen:

    The merits of the case are strongly in our favor and then we have to get around this immunity statute which we think we’re going to win, that statute just simply doesn’t apply. It only applies when you’re in the United States.

  3. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel:

    If the court here strikes down Wisconsin's statute, there would be a split between the 5th Circuit and the 7th Circuit, which could prompt the Supreme Court to take the case up. There's an expectation that the U.S. Supreme Court at some point is going to take on this issue.

  4. Gergely Gulyas:

    We can refer to the Hungarian law and based on that we cannot arrest the Russian President … as the ICC’s statute has not been promulgated in Hungary.

  5. 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.

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