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statute

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj statute enacted by a legislative body "statute law","codified written laws"
    • n statute an act passed by a legislative body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Jefferson had three achievements placed on his headstone at his request, "Here Was Buried Thomas Jefferson/Author Of The Declaration Of American Independence/Of The Statute Of Virginia For Religious Freedom/And Father Of The University of Virginia.? He never mentioned being President of the United States
    • Statute An act of a corporation or of its founder, intended as a permanent rule or law; as, the statutes of a university.
    • Statute 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 from common law. See Common law, under Common a.
    • Statute An assemblage of farming servants (held possibly by statute) for the purpose of being hired; -- called also statute fair.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Virginia Code (1930) has a statute: "To prohibit corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than candidates."
    • n statute An ordinance or law; specifically, a law promulgated in writing by a legislative body; an enactment by a legislature; in the United States, an act of Congress or of a State or Territorial legislature passed and promulgated according to constitutional requirements; in Great Britain, an act of Parliament made by the Sovereign by and with the advice of the Lords and Commons. Some early statutes are in the form of charters or ordinances, proceeding from the crown, the consent of the Lords and Commons not being expressed. Statutes are either public or private (in the latter case affecting an individual or a company); but the term is usually restricted to public acts of a general and permanent character. Strictly speaking, an ordinance established by either house of the legislature, or by both, without the assent of the executive, as a resolution, or joint resolution, is not a statute. The word has sometimes, however, been interpreted to include municipal ordinances. See also act, article, bill, by-law, charter, code, decree, edict, law, ordinance, petition, provision.
    • n statute The act of a corporation or of its founder, intended as a permanent rule or law: as, the statutes of a university.
    • n statute In foreign and civil law, any particular municipal law or usage, though not resting for its authority on judicial decisions or the practice of nations.
    • n statute A statute-fair.
    • n statute Same as special statute.
    • n statute An English statute of 1571 (13 Eliz., c. 5), reënacted in nearly all of the United States, which declares all conveyances of property with intent to delay, hinder, or defraud creditors to be void as against such creditors.
    • n statute An English statute of 1585 (27 Eliz., c. 4) making void all conveyances of land made with intent to deceive purchasers.
    • n statute An English statute or ordinance of 1283 (11 Edw. I.) for the collection of debts.
    • n statute Another of 1285 (13 Edw. I.) for the same purpose.
    • n statute Synonyms Enactment, Ordinance, etc. See law.
    • statute To ordain; enact; decree or establish.
    • n statute A compilation of all statutes enacted by a legislature during a session or a series of sessions. The United States Statutes at Large run consecutively from March 4, 1789. Session laws, pamphlet laws, public laws, and general public laws are other names for statutes at large.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Statute stat′ūt a law expressly enacted by the legislature (as distinguished from a customary law or law of use and wont): a written law: the act of a corporation or its founder, intended as a permanent rule or law
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “It is good for me that I was afflicted that I may learn Thy statutes. [Psalms 119:71]”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “Here was buriedThomas Jeffersonauthorof the Declaration ofAmerican Independenceofthe Statute of Virginiafor Religious Freedom, andFather of the Universityof Virginia”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. statutum, that which is set up—statuĕre.

Usage

In literature:

ANALYSIS OF SOME LIBRARY-STATUTES.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
All previous statutes as to abstaining from meat and fasting were repealed in the time of Edward VI.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 3, May 1906" by Various
Did not God say that Abraham kept his commandments, statutes, and laws?
"The Seventh Day Sabbath, a Perpetual Sign" by Joseph Bates
These statutes are much less interesting reading than the early statutes, though undoubtedly more useful.
"St. John's College, Cambridge" by Robert Forsyth Scott
Similarly he always showed respect, outwardly at least, for the written letter of the statute as written and cited.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
An act of 1844 abolished the offence of badgering, and repealed the statutes passed in relation to it.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The Pragmatic Sanction was registered by the Parliament of Paris on July 13, 1439; becoming thereby part of the statute law of France.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
But the repeal of the Bloody Statute, ardently as she desired it, was not without sad memories to Isoult Avery.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
His hours of labor and rest were fixed by statute.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The Statute of Labourers.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
The above-named statute forbade the future subinfeudation of lands, and consequently hindered the further creation of manors.
"Notes and Queries, Number 231, April 1, 1854" by Various
Neither was wood ever better cherished, or mansion houses maintained, than by their laws and statutes.
"Elizabethan England" by William Harrison
Subsequently engaged in the consolidation of the statutes of Quebec.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
Also Judah kept not the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
The statute subdivides its subject-matter into two headings.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
By statutes of Donald VI.
"A Cursory History of Swearing" by Julian Sharman
Speaking broadly, its powers have grown by the process of making it responsible for the application of a great many statutes.
"The Government of England (Vol. I)" by A. Lawrence Lowell
This same preference of money over men appears in many special statutes.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
Is it Christian in us by statute to interdict them from their recreation?
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
We have the same word to describe what I ought to do as subject to the law of God, and what is demanded of me by custom, or the statute.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 3 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
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In poetry:

His statutes and commands
Are set before our eyes;
He puts his gospel in our hands,
Where our salvation lies.
"Psalm 19 part 1" by Isaac Watts
If God to me his statutes show,
And heav'nly truth impart,
His work for ever I'll pursue,
His law shall rule my heart.
"Psalm 119 part 9" by Isaac Watts
Then shall my heart have inward joy,
And keep my face from shame,
When all thy statutes I obey,
And honor all thy name.
"Psalm 119 part 1" by Isaac Watts
"And what have hypocrites to do
To bring their sacrifice?
They call my statutes just and true,
But deal in theft and lies.
"Psalm 50 part 3" by Isaac Watts
O that the Lord would guide my ways
To keep his statutes still!
O that my God would grant me grace
To know and do his will!
"Psalm 119 part 11" by Isaac Watts
The holy to the holiest leads,
From thence our spirits rise,
And he that in thy statutes treads
Shall meet thee in the skies.
"Hymn XV: Happy the Souls to Jesus Joined" by Charles Wesley

In news:

Did state anti- lynching statutes, after all, have some slow-working effect.
Seven counts of use of a computer for the purpose of violating Oklahoma statutes.
Where the plaintiff, a commercial landlord, brought suit over a lease term inserted by the defendant tenant in 1996, the complaint was correctly dismissed on statute of limitations grounds.
Which could be heading for an Assembly floor debate as soon as June 8 -- seeks to extend the statute of limitations for lawsuits involving the rape or molesting of youngsters.
Jury Statute Not Violated by Protester, Judge Rules.
According to the government's theory, wrote Judge Vinson, 'the more harm the statute does, the more power Congress could assume for itself under the Necessary and Proper Clause.'.
T he new year brings new laws — over 40,000 statutes at the state level, each another incremental criminalization of some element of life.
A Moffat County rancher charged with violating state cattle statutes will be tried by jury beginning July 9.
We don't have a price gouging statute.
A judge rejects other cases, citing statute of limitations concerns.
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for a change in classification from temporary total disability to catastrophic is two years.
OSHA's 6-Month Statute of Limitations Applied to Recordkeeping.
Those living in incorporated areas may not qualify under the same statute.
Wichita — The American Civil Liberties Union told a federal judge that a Kansas statute restricting abortion insurance coverage discriminates against women.
"I have decided to dismiss the case at this time, however, there is no statute of limitations for the crime of murder," Grellner said in the news release.
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In science:

Spreadsheets over three years old no longer required in the active management of the business, but may be required to be archived by statute or good practice. Present impact of error is low.
The Importance and Criticality of Spreadsheets in the City of London
Yahoo’s results for this query begin with a list of state statute limitations for credit card debt, followed by a Wikipedia article on credit card debt, and then by pages that give advice on how to consolidate the debt.
Orthogonal Query Expansion
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