Definition of Statute

1. Noun. An act passed by a legislative body.

Exact synonyms: Legislative Act
Terms within: Rider
Generic synonyms: Act, Enactment
Specialized synonyms: Fair-trade Act, Stamp Act, Enabling Act, Enabling Clause, Fisa, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Ordinance, Special Act
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

2. Adjective. Enacted by a legislative body. "Codified written laws"
Exact synonyms: Codified
Similar to: Written

Definition of Statute

1. n. 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.

Definition of Statute

1. Noun. Written law, as laid down by the legislature. ¹

2. Noun. (legal) (Common law) Legislated rule of society which has been given the force of law by those it governs. ¹

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Definition of Statute

1. a law enacted by the legislative branch of a government [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Statute

status conferences
status effect
status effects
status epilepticus
status quo
status quo ante
status quo antes
status quos
status seeking
status symbol
status symbols
statute (current term)
statute book
statute books
statute law
statute mile
statute miles
statute of frauds
statute of limitations
statute title
statutes of frauds

Literary usage of Statute

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1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1845)
"As to reviving a debt, within the statute of Limitations, under a trust for ... Effect of time in Equity by analogy to the statute of Limitations (a), [p. ..."

2. Annual Report by Ontario Dept. of Highways, Ontario Dept. of Agriculture and Food, Ontario Dept. of Public Works (1899)
"THE BEST USE OF statute LABOR. Experience, wherever statute labor has been employed, has shown that it can usually be made most productive of good when used ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"A subsequent statute gives power to the guardians to recover loans to paupers in the county court (11 & 12 Viet. c. 110). By order of the central board, ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by John Leycester Adolphus, Great Britain Court of King's Bench (1839)
"statute, XLIV. 2. 6. Votes thrown away as given for too many candidates, 215. ... statute, XLIV. 5. 2. When not bound to take notice of vacancy in council ..."

5. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1823)
"A statute of George II. made to substitute an or instead of an and in a former statute is a complete law ; a statute containing an entire body of laws, ..."

6. The Law Reports by James Redfoord Bulwer (1872)
"Custom—statute Sessions or Fuira—Custom, to erect Stalls at statute ... He had put up a stall far the sale of refreshments at a statute sessions for the ..."

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