[ stach-oo-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈstætʃ ʊˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


of, relating to, or of the nature of a statute.
prescribed or authorized by statute.
conforming to statute.
(of an offense) recognized by statute; legally punishable.


Nearby words

  1. statute book,
  2. statute law,
  3. statute mile,
  4. statute of limitations,
  5. statute of westminster,
  6. statutory crime,
  7. statutory declaration,
  8. statutory law,
  9. statutory offense,
  10. statutory order

Origin of statutory

First recorded in 1710–20; statute + -ory1

Related formsstat·u·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·stat·u·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for statutory


/ (ˈstætjʊtərɪ, -trɪ) /


of, relating to, or having the nature of a statute
prescribed or authorized by statute
(of an offence)
  1. recognized by statute
  2. subject to a punishment or penalty prescribed by statute
Derived Formsstatutorily, adverb

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Word Origin and History for statutory



"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper