From Middle English statut, from Old French statut, from Late Latin statutum (“a statute”), neuter singular of Latin statutus, past participle of statuō (“I set up, establish”).
statute (countable and uncountable, plural statutes)
- Written law, as laid down by the legislature.
written law as laid down by the legislature
legislated rule of society which has been given the force of law
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- statute in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- statute in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- “statute”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers