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  1. stat·ute
    IPA[ˈstaCHo͞ot]
  2. noun

    • 1. a written law passed by a legislative body:

      violation of the hate crimes statute the tax is not specifically disallowed by statute
    • 2. a rule of an organization or institution:

      the appointment will be subject to the statutes of the university
    • 3. (in biblical use) a law or decree made by a sovereign, or by God.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: statute, plural noun: statutes

    • noun

      a written law passed by a legislative body:

      a rule of an organization or institution:

    • noun

      a book in which laws are written.
    • noun

      the body of principles and rules of law laid down in statutes.
    • noun

      a book in which laws are written.

      a nation's laws regarded collectively:

    • noun

      the body of principles and rules of law laid down in statutes.
    • adjective

      (especially of a debt claim) no longer legally enforceable owing to a prescribed period of limitation having lapsed.
    • noun

      a statute prescribing a period of limitation for the bringing of certain kinds of legal action.
    • noun

      a statute prescribing a period of limitation for the bringing of actions of certain kinds.
    • a statute of 1931 recognizing the equality of status of the dominions as autonomous communities within the British Empire, and giving their legislatures independence from British control.
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