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
2: an act of a corporation or its founder intended as a permanent rule
3: an international instrument setting up an agency and regulating its scope or authority
the statute of the International Court of Justice

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun act, canon, code, codified law, commandment, decree, dictate, edict, enactment, ius, law, legislation, legislative enactment, lex, mandate, measure, order, ordinance, provision of the law, regulation, rubric, rule, written law associated concepts: affirmative statute, criminal statute, declaratory statute, enabling statute, penal statute, private statute, remedial statute, statute of frauds, statute of limitations foreign phrases:
- Quae communi lege derogant stride interpretantur. — Statutes which derogate from the common law are to be strictly construed
- Optima statuti interpretatrix est ipsum statutum. — The best interpreter of a statute is the statute itself.
- Ex malis moribus bonae leges natae sunt — Good laws arise from evil morals
- Casus omissus et oblivioni datus dispositioni communis furis rellnquitur. — A case omitted and forgotten is left to the disposal of the common law
- Statutum generaliter est intelHgendum quando verba statuti sunt specialia ratio autem generalis. — When the words of a statute are special, but the reason general, the statute is to be understood generally.
- Constructio legis non faclt injuriam. — The interpretation of the law works no injury
- Ad ea quae frequentius accidunt jura adaptantur. — Laws are adapted to those cases which occur.
- fus constitui oportet in his quae ut plurimum accidunt non quae ex inoplnato. — Laws ought to be made with a view to those cases which occur most frequently, and not to those which are of rare or accidental occurrence
- Nova constitutio futuris formam imponere debet non praeteritis. — A new law ought to affect the future, not what is past.
- A verbis legis non est recendendum. — From the words of a statute there must be no departure
- Lex posterior derogat priori. — A later law takes away the effect of a prior one
- Leges posteriores priores contrarias abrogant — Subsequent laws repeal prior laws that are repugnant to them
- Non est novum ut priores leges ad posteriores trahantur. — It is not novel that prior statutes should give way to later ones.
- In rebus quae sunt favorabilla animae, quamvis sunt damnosa rebus, flat allquando extensio statuti. — In matters that are favorable to the spirit, though injurious to things, an extension of a statute should sometimes be made
- Est ipsorum legislatorum tanquam viva vox; rebus et non verbis legem imponlmus. — The voice of the lawmakers is like the living voice, we impose law upon things and not upon words
- Statutum speciale statuto speclall non derogat. — One special statute does not derogate from another special statute
- Statutum afflrmativum non derogat communi legi. — An affirmative statute does not derogate from the common law
II index act (enactment), authority (documentation), canon, code, codification, constitution, edict, enactment, law, measure, ordinance, precept, prescription (directive), regulation (rule), rubric (authoritative rule), rule (legal dictate)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A formal written law passed by a legislature.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

an enactment of a legislative body expressed in a formal document.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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 and on the Internet.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. A law that has been enacted by a legislative body.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

An act of a legislature that declares, proscribes, or commands something; a specific law, expressed in writing.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

An act of a legislature that declares, proscribes, or commands something; a specific law, expressed in writing.
II Legislative enactment; it may be a single act of a legislature or a body of acts which are collected and arranged for a session of a legislature. (See statutory law.)

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   a federal or state written law enacted by the Congress or state legislature, respectively. Local statutes or laws are usually called "ordinances." Regulations, rulings, opinions, executive orders and proclamations are not statutes.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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