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stat·ute

 (stăch′o͞ot)
n.
1. A law enacted by a legislature.
2. A decree or edict, as of a ruler.

[Middle English, from Old French estatut, from Late Latin statūtum, from neuter of Latin statūtus, past participle of statuere, to set up, from status, position; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

statute

(ˈstætjuːt)
n
1. (Law)
a. an enactment of a legislative body expressed in a formal document
b. this document
2. (Law) a permanent rule made by a body or institution for the government of its internal affairs
[C13: from Old French estatut, from Late Latin statūtum, from Latin statuere to set up, decree, ultimately from stāre to stand]

stat•ute

(ˈstætʃ ut, -ʊt)

n.
1.
a. a formal enactment by a legislature.
b. a document setting forth such an enactment.
2. an instrument annexed to an international agreement, as a treaty.
3. a permanent rule established by an organization, corporation, etc., to govern its internal affairs.
[1250–1300; Middle English statut < Old French estatut < Late Latin statūtum, n. use of neuter of Latin statūtus, past participle of statuere to make stand, set up, derivative of status status]

statute

A law that is passed by a legislature.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.statute - an act passed by a legislative body
rider - a clause that is appended to a legislative bill
act, enactment - a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
fair-trade act - formerly a state law that protected manufacturers from price-cutting by allowing them to set minimum retail prices for their merchandise; eliminated by the United States Congress in 1975
Stamp Act - an act passed by the British Parliament in 1756 that raised revenue from the American Colonies by a duty in the form of a stamp required on all newspapers and legal or commercial documents; opposition by the Colonies resulted in the repeal of the act in 1766
enabling act, enabling clause - a provision in a law that confers on appropriate officials the power to implement or enforce the law
FISA, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - an act passed by Congress in 1978 to establish procedures for requesting judicial authorization for foreign intelligence surveillance and to create the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court; intended to increase United States counterintelligence; separate from ordinary law enforcement surveillance
ordinance - a statute enacted by a city government
special act - a legislative act that applies only to a particular person or particular district
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"
Adj.1.statute - enacted by a legislative body; "statute law"; "codified written laws"
written - systematically collected and written down; "written laws"

statute

noun law, act, rule, regulation, decree, ordinance, enactment, edict a new statute to take in both pay and discrimination laws

statute

noun
The formal product of a legislative or judicial body:
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statute

[ˈstætjuːt]
A. Nley f, estatuto m
by statutesegún la ley, de acuerdo con la ley
B. CPD statute book N (esp Brit) → código m de leyes
in or on the statute booken el código de leyes
statute law Nderecho m escrito

statute

[ˈstætʃuːt]
n (= law) → loi f statutes
npl [organization, institution] → statuts mplstatute book n (British)code mstatute of limitations n (US)délai m de prescription

statute

nGesetz nt; (of organization)Satzung f, → Statut nt; by statutegesetzlich, statutarisch, satzungsgemäß

statute

:
statute-barred
adj (US Jur) → verjährt
statute book
n (esp Brit) → Gesetzbuch nt; to put something on the statuteetw zum Gesetz machen or erheben; to be on the statutegeltendes Recht sein
statute law
nGesetzesrecht nt, → Statute Law nt
statute mile

statute

[ˈstætjuːt] n (law) → legge f, statuto

statute

(ˈstӕtjuːt) noun
a written law of a country.
References in classic literature ?
They cannot be, sir, if they require a new statute to legalise them.
Spenlow and I went into Court, where we had a divorce-suit coming on, under an ingenious little statute (repealed now, I believe, but in virtue of which I have seen several marriages annulled), of which the merits were these.
Whereas, by a statute made in the reign of his imperial majesty Calin Deffar Plune, it is enacted, that, whoever shall make water within the precincts of the royal palace, shall be liable to the pains and penalties of high-treason; notwithstanding, the said Quinbus Flestrin, in open breach of the said law, under colour of extinguishing the fire kindled in the apartment of his majesty's most dear imperial consort, did maliciously, traitorously, and devilishly, by discharge of his urine, put out the said fire kindled in the said apartment, lying and being within the precincts of the said royal palace, against the statute in that case provided, etc.
The precise extent of the common law, and the statute law, the maritime law, the ecclesiastical law, the law of corporations, and other local laws and customs, remains still to be clearly and finally established in Great Britain, where accuracy in such subjects has been more industriously pursued than in any other part of the world.
He was wild when he was young; a long while ago to be sure; but in the law of God, there is no statute of limitations.
We are superstitious, and esteem the statute somewhat: so much life as it has in the character of living men is its force.
the absence of a definite statute, has whatever force and authority a
In appearance and rhetoric he was old-fashioned, but in imagination and knowledge and resource he was as young as the latest statute.
Then came the fruition of that historic propaganda which is best described by its own slogan: "The East for the East--the West for the West," and all further intercourse was stopped by statute.
By the Irish Statute of George the Second," he said, "every marriage celebrated by a Popish priest between two Protestants, or between a Papist and any person who has been a Protestant within twelve months before the marriage, is declared null and void.
The Vale "veasts" were not the common statute feasts, but much more ancient business.
We no longer suffer them to appeal at the prison gates to the charity and compassion of the passersby; but we still leave unblotted the leaves of our statute book, for the reverence and admiration of succeeding ages, the just and wholesome law which declares that the sturdy felon shall be fed and clothed, and that the penniless debtor shall be left to die of starvation and nakedness.