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statute of limitations

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noun Law.
  1. a statute defining the period within which legal action may be taken.
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Origin of statute of limitations

First recorded in 1760–70
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British Dictionary definitions for statute of limitations

statute of limitations

noun
  1. a legislative enactment prescribing the period of time within which proceedings must be instituted to enforce a right or bring an action at lawSee also laches
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statute of limitations in Culture

statute of limitations

Any law that places a time restriction during which a lawsuit must be brought to court or a crime must be prosecuted.

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