- The definition of a statute is a written law passed by a legislature or decree by a ruler.
When the legislature makes a law that establishes rules for a specific type of taxation, this is an example of a statute.
statute definition by Webster's New World
- an established rule; formal regulation
- a law passed by a legislative body and set forth in a formal document
- such a document
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French statut ; from Late Latin statutum, neuter of Classical Latin statutus, past participle of statuere: see statue
statute definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A law enacted by a legislature.
- A decree or edict, as of a ruler.
- An established law or rule, as of a corporation.
Origin: 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.
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