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statutory law

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

First recorded in 1875–80
Also called statute law.
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statutory law in Culture

statutory law


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

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