[stach-oo-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


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.

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

Related Words for statutory

legal, lawful, judicial, rightful

Examples from the Web for statutory

Contemporary Examples of statutory

Historical Examples of statutory

  • Not that all in Ascalon were vicious and beyond the statutory and moral laws.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • They cannot afford to do the latter and the statutory laws may forbid the former.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • This Board commands a statutory endowment of 231,000 a year.

    Ireland and Poland

    Thomas William Rolleston

  • By old English statutory law, the whale is declared "a royal fish."

  • If he is not a lover he is not a husband except for statutory purposes—that is all.

British Dictionary definitions for statutory



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