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[stach-oot, -oo t]
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  1. Law.
    1. an enactment made by a legislature and expressed in a formal document.
    2. the document in which such an enactment is expressed.
  2. International Law. an instrument annexed or subsidiary to an international agreement, as a treaty.
  3. a permanent rule established by an organization, corporation, etc., to govern its internal affairs.
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Origin of statute

1250–1300; Middle English statut < Old French estatut < Late Latin statūtum, noun use of neuter of Latin statūtus (past participle of statuere to make stand, set up, derivative of status status), equivalent to statū-, verb stem + -tus past participle suffix
Can be confusedstatue stature statute
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Related Words

edict, decree, bill, measure, regulation, act, ordinance, precept, enactment, canon, assize, decretum

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British Dictionary definitions for statute


    1. an enactment of a legislative body expressed in a formal document
    2. this document
  1. a permanent rule made by a body or institution for the government of its internal affairs
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French estatut, from Late Latin statūtum, from Latin statuere to set up, decree, ultimately from stāre to stand
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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).

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