statute of limitations

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statute of limitations

n. pl. statutes of limitations
A legal restriction, as by law or court decision, on the time that is allowed to elapse between the arising of a legal claim and the filing of a suit based on such legal claim.

statute of limitations

n
(Law) a legislative enactment prescribing the period of time within which proceedings must be instituted to enforce a right or bring an action at law. See also laches

stat′ute of limita′tions


n.
a statute defining the period within which legal action may be taken.
[1760–70]

statute of limitations

A statute that sets a time period during which legal proceedings must be begun.
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Noun1.statute of limitations - a statute prescribing the time period during which legal action can be taken
law - legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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No action has been undertaken against a concrete person -- such as detention, indictment, arrest warrant -- that could serve as a reason to extend the usual 35-year period of prescription, and its expiry is an absolute ground for discontinuing the probe," she said.
For sexual abuse of a minor, the period of prescription in canon law is 10 years from the victim's 18th birthday.
The period of prescription for incidents that occurred at eight of 12 locations in the cases will expire at midnight Wednesday and that of incidents at the other four places at midnight Friday.