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Definition of statute noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a law that is passed by a government and formally written down Penalties are laid down in the statute. Corporal punishment was banned by statute in 1987. The wording of the statute is ambiguous.
  2. 2a formal rule of an organization or institution Under the statutes of the university they had no power to dismiss him.
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