- an enactment made by a legislature and expressed in a formal document.
- the document in which such an enactment is expressed.
- International Law. an instrument annexed or subsidiary to an international agreement, as a treaty.
- a permanent rule established by an organization, corporation, etc., to govern its internal affairs.
Origin of statute
Examples from the Web for statute
Another bombshell: There is no statute of limitations on rape in the Commonwealth of Virginia.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Pennsylvania, where the assault is alleged to have taken place, has a 12-year statute of limitations on sexual assault.No Wonder Cosby's Keeping Quiet: He Could Still Be Prosecuted
November 23, 2014
According to the memo, Miller then asked what the statute of limitations in Illinois was and to define what the allegations meant.Chicago Priests Raped and Pillaged for 50 Years
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 7, 2014
It helped too that crime was no longer at the top of voter concerns, but the statute of limitations apparently has run out.And Here Come 2014’s Willie Hortons
November 2, 2014
Those excuses would do little to dissuade those enforcing the statute, if the U.S. had concrete proof of the suspected killings.Afghan Army Killings Threaten U.S. Aid
September 2, 2014
No precedent, no English statute, could stand against the Constitution.The Siege of Boston
A statute, in 1791, expressly forbade the whipping of female vagrants.
They were referred to in the "Statute of Labourers," passed in the year 1349.
There is no statute which compels a man to take an estate against his will.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
In 1891 a bill was presented to enfranchise women by statute.
- an enactment of a legislative body expressed in a formal document
- this document
- a permanent rule made by a body or institution for the government of its internal affairs
Word Origin and History for statute
late 13c., from Old French statut, from Late Latin statutum "a law, decree," noun use of neuter past participle of Latin statuere "enact, establish," from status "condition, position," from stare "to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).