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[stach-oo-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstætʃ ʊˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
of, relating to, or of the nature of a statute.
prescribed or authorized by statute.
conforming to statute.
(of an offense) recognized by statute; legally punishable.
Origin of statutory
First recorded in 1710-20; statute + -ory1
Related forms
statutorily, adverb
nonstatutory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Not that all in Ascalon were vicious and beyond the statutory and moral laws.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • They cannot afford to do the latter and the statutory laws may forbid the former.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • This Board commands a statutory endowment of 231,000 a year.

    Ireland and Poland Thomas William Rolleston
  • By old English statutory law, the whale is declared "a royal fish."

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • If he is not a lover he is not a husband except for statutory purposes—that is all.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street

    Grant Martin Overton
British Dictionary definitions for statutory


/ˈstætjʊtərɪ; -trɪ/
of, relating to, or having the nature of a statute
prescribed or authorized by statute
(of an offence)
  1. recognized by statute
  2. subject to a punishment or penalty prescribed by statute
Derived Forms
statutorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for statutory

"pertaining to statues," 1717, from statute + -ory. Statutory rape attested from 1898; in U.S., "sexual intercourse with a female below the legal age of consent, whether forced or not."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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