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A criminal offense declared and defined by statute, especially in contrast to a criminal offense declared and defined by the judiciary.
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a wrong punishable under a statute, rather than at common law. Also called statutory crime.
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|Noun||1.||statutory offense - crimes created by statutes and not by common law|
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault - a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat; "most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"
bigamy - the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred
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