Definition of statute in English:

statute

Line breaks: stat|ute
Pronunciation: /ˈstatjuːt
 
, -tʃuːt/

noun

1A written law passed by a legislative body: the Act consolidated statutes dealing with non-fatal offences [mass noun]: immunities granted to trade unions by statute
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  • Rules are written to reflect the statutes passed in legislation.
  • Congress has passed statutes making a defendant pay the fee of a plaintiff's lawyer if the plaintiff prevails in the case.
  • It is not entirely clear from this paper, it may be clear from the original: is this form of lease prescribed by statute or regulation?
Synonyms
law, regulation, enactment, act, bill, decree, edict, rule, ruling, resolution, promulgation, measure, motion, dictum, command, order, stipulation, commandment, directive, pronouncement, ratification, proclamation, dictate, diktat, fiat, covenant, demand, by-law; North Americanordinance; in Tsarist Russiaukase; in Spain & Spanish-speaking countriespronunciamento
1.1A rule of an organization or institution: the appointment will be subject to the statutes of the university
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  • Both sides claim the backing of World Trade Organization statutes for their positions.
  • Ironically, it appeared to have no effect on the organisation's statutes or policy positions.
  • Today, they are marketing themselves as ‘financial cooperatives,’ even though they are organized under different statutes.
1.2 archaic (In biblical use) a law or decree made by a sovereign, or by God.
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  • ‘I incline my heart to perform Thy statutes,’ is a verse that occurs in several forms in the psalm.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French statut, from late Latin statutum, neuter past participle of Latin statuere 'set up' from status 'standing' (see status).

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