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[stach-oo-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a statute.
  2. prescribed or authorized by statute.
  3. conforming to statute.
  4. (of an offense) recognized by statute; legally punishable.
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Origin of statutory

First recorded in 1710–20; statute + -ory1
Related formsstat·u·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·stat·u·to·ry, adjective
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Historical Examples of statutorily

  • The prime minister is statutorily president of the council and head of the ministry.

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    Alexander Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for statutorily


  1. of, relating to, or having the nature of a statute
  2. prescribed or authorized by statute
  3. (of an offence)
    1. recognized by statute
    2. subject to a punishment or penalty prescribed by statute
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Derived Formsstatutorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for statutorily



"pertaining to statues," 1717, from statute + -ory. Statutory rape attested from 1898; in U.S., "sexual intercourse with a female below the legal age of consent, whether forced or not."

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