statutory law


the written law established by enactments expressing the will of the legislature, as distinguished from the unwritten law or common law.

Nearby words

  1. statute of limitations,
  2. statute of westminster,
  3. statutory,
  4. statutory crime,
  5. statutory declaration,
  6. statutory offense,
  7. statutory order,
  8. statutory rape,
  9. statvolt,
  10. staubach

Origin of statutory law

First recorded in 1875–80

Also called statute law. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Culture definitions for statutory law

statutory law

[ (stach-uh-tawr-ee) ]

A law or group of laws passed by a legislature or other official governing bodies. (Compare common law.)

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