Statute of frauds

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(Law) an English statute (1676), the principle of which is incorporated in the legislation of all the States of this country, by which writing with specific solemnities (varying in the several statutes) is required to give efficacy to certain dispositions of property.
- Wharton.

See also: Fraud

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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657, 658 (1959) ("However conscientiously such courts have ordinarily sought to apply the substantive law of the state where the facts took place, they have become embroiled in the chronic problems of characterization, and in the illusory classification of statutes of limitation, statutes of fraud, and rules governing burden of proof.").
statutes of fraud are modeled.(1) It applied to the sale of goods and had qualifications similar to our current UCC.
Some take the form of so-called "Statutes of Frauds." The first such statute was passed by the British Parliament way back in 1677.