[steyt-muh nt]
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  1. something stated.
  2. a communication or declaration in speech or writing, setting forth facts, particulars, etc.
  3. a single sentence or assertion: I agree with everything you said except for your last statement.
  4. Commerce. an abstract of an account, as one rendered to show the balance due.
  5. an appearance of a theme, subject, or motif within a musical composition.
  6. the act or manner of stating something.
  7. the communication of an idea, position, mood, or the like through something other than words: The furniture in the room makes a statement about the occupant's love of color. Walking out of the meeting will be a statement of our refusal to submit.
  8. Computers. an instruction or other elementary component in a high-level programming language.
  1. noting or relating to an item of jewelry, clothing, home décor, etc., that stands out usually because of its large size or bold design: a statement necklace, a statement bowl for your entryway table.

Origin of statement

1750–55; state (v.) + -ment
Related formsnon·state·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the act of stating
  2. something that is stated, esp a formal prepared announcement or reply
  3. law a declaration of matters of fact, esp in a pleading
  4. an account containing a summary of bills or invoices and displaying the total amount due
  5. an account prepared by a bank for each of its clients, usually at regular intervals, to show all credits and debits since the last account and the balance at the end of the period
  6. music the presentation of a musical theme or idea, such as the subject of a fugue or sonata
  7. a computer instruction written in a source language, such as FORTRAN, which is converted into one or more machine code instructions by a compiler
  8. logic the content of a sentence that affirms or denies something and may be true or false; what is thereby affirmed or denied abstracted from the act of uttering it. Thus I am warm said by me and you are warm said to me make the same statementCompare proposition (def. 2b)
  9. British education a legally binding account of the needs of a pupil with special educational needs and the provisions that will be made to meet them
verb (tr; usually passive)
  1. to assess (a pupil) with regard to his or her special educational needs
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Word Origin and History for statement

1775, from state (v.) + -ment.

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