a statute defining the period within which legal action may be taken.
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British Dictionary definitions for statute of limitations
a legislative enactment prescribing the period of time within which proceedings must be instituted to enforce a right or bring an action at law: See also laches
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Cultural definitions for 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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