Definition of statute noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    statute

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈstætʃuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstætʃuːt//
     
    Parliament
     
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  1. 1a law that is passed by a parliament, council, etc. 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. See related entries: Parliament
  2. 2a formal rule of an organization or institution Under the statutes of the university they had no power to dismiss him.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French statut, from late Latin statutum, neuter past participle of Latin statuere ‘set up’ from status ‘standing’, from stare ‘to stand’.Extra examples The Court upheld a federal statute. The Supreme Court interpreted the statute in light of its recent rulings. The judge threw out the case because the statute of limitations had expired. The statute provided for a maximum sentence of 53 months. This archaic law remained on the statute books until last year. a trading company formed under statute the obligations of the employer in common and statute law It is not yet on the statute book. Penalties are laid down in the statute. Under the statutes of the university they had no power to dismiss him.
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