Statute definition

stăcho͝ot
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A law enacted by a legislature.
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A decree or edict, as of a ruler.
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An established rule; formal regulation.
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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.

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A law passed by a legislative body and set forth in a formal document.
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Such a document.
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A law that has been enacted by a legislative body.
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(law) (Common law) Legislated rule of society which has been given the force of law by those it governs.
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Written law, as laid down by the legislature.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
statute
Plural:
statutes

Origin of statute

  • 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 stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English status, from Old French statut, from Late Latin statutum (“a statute"), neuter singular of Latin statutus, past participle of statuō (“I set up, establish").

    From Wiktionary