- the written law established by enactments expressing the will of the legislature, as distinguished from the unwritten law or common law.
Origin of statutory law
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called statute law.
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A law or group of laws passed by a legislature or other official governing bodies. (Compare common law.)
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