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Statute meaning

statute - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. An act of the legislature of a state or country, declaring, commanding, or prohibiting something; a positive law; the written will of the legislature expressed with all the requisite forms of legislation; -- used in distinction fraom common law. See Common law, under Common, a.
  2. 2. An act of a corporation or of its founder, intended as a permanent rule or law; as, the statutes of a university.
  3. 3. An assemblage of farming servants ( held possibly by statute) for the purpose of being hired; -- called also statute fair.
  4. 4. A written law passed by Congress or a state legislature and signed into law by the President or a state governor. ( In fairly rare circumstances, a legislative act can become law without the approval of the head of the executive branch of government.) Statutes are often gathered into compilations called " codes," large sets of books that can be found in many public and all law libraries, or sometimes on the Internet.
  5. 5. A law; permanent rule.

statute - examples of usage

  1. Now this law stands on the statute books of our country, and if I should so much as hint to you in this book what you need to know, or even where you can find out about it, I should be liable to five years in jail and a fine of $ 5, 000, and every person who mailed a copy of this book, or any advertisement of this book, would be in the same plight. - "The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society", Upton Sinclair.
  2. Has a married woman no identity in Statute Book of Illinois?" - "Marital Power Exemplified in Mrs. Packard's Trial, and Self-Defence from the Charge of Insanity", Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard.
  3. These cannot render void an election to the House which is not invalid by statute. - "The Government of England (Vol. I)", A. Lawrence Lowell.
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