statute

statute
statute late 13c., from O.Fr. statut, from L.L. statutum "a law, decree," noun use of neuter pp. of L. statuere "enact, establish," from status "condition, position," from stare "to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see STET (Cf. stet)). Statutory first attested 1717; statutory rape, in U.S., "sexual intercourse with a female below the legal age of consent, whether forced or not," is recorded from 1898.

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  • statute — stat·ute / sta chüt/ n [Latin statutum law, regulation, from neuter of statutus, past participle of statuere to set up, station, from status position, state] 1: a law enacted by the legislative branch of a government see also code, statutory law …   Law dictionary

  • Statute — Stat ute ( [ u]t), n. [F. statut, LL. statutum, from L. statutus, p. p. of statuere to set, station, ordain, fr. status position, station, fr. stare, statum, to stand. See {Stand}, and cf. {Constitute}, {Destitute}.] 1. An act of the legislature… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • statute — stat‧ute [ˈstætʆuːt] noun [countable, uncountable] LAW 1. a law passed by a parliament, council etc and formally written down: • He never violated any criminal statutes. • Protection for the consumer is laid down by statute. 2. the s …   Financial and business terms

  • statute — A legislative enactment. The bankruptcy code is a statute. (Bernstein s Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terminology) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012. statute A legislative enactment. The bankruptcy code is a statute …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • Statute — (engl., spr. Statjuht), die Parlamentsacte, das Landesgesetz. Statutes at law (spr. Statjuhts at laoh), in England u. den Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika die officielle Sammlung der Landesgesetze (der schriftlichen Parlaments [resp. Congreß ] …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Statute —   [ stætjuːt, englisch] das, / s, ursprünglich vom englischen König kraft Prärogative »gesetztes« Recht (spätlateinisch »statutum«), heute im angloamerikanischen Recht das (verfassungsmäßig) durch eine legislative Körperschaft verabschiedete… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • statute — 1 ordinance, regulation, *law, rule, precept, canon 2 *bill, act, law …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • statute — [n] rule, law act, assize, bill, canon, decree, decretum, edict, enactment, measure, ordinance, precept, regulation; concept 318 …   New thesaurus

  • statute — ► NOUN 1) a written law passed by a legislative body. 2) a rule of an organization or institution. ORIGIN Latin statutum thing set up …   English terms dictionary

  • statute — [stach′o͞ot] n. [ME < OFr statut < LL statutum, neut. of L statutus, pp. of statuere: see STATUE] 1. an established rule; formal regulation 2. a) a law passed by a legislative body and set forth in a formal document b) such a document SYN.… …   English World dictionary

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