The definition of a statute is a written law passed by a legislature or decree by a ruler.
When the legislature makes a law that establishes rules for a specific type of taxation, this is an example of a statute.
- an established rule; formal regulation
- a law passed by a legislative body and set forth in a formal document
- such a document
Origin of statuteMiddle English from Old French statut from Late Latin statutum, neuter of Classical Latin statutus, past participle of statuere: see statue
- A law enacted by a legislature.
- A decree or edict, as of a ruler.
Origin of statuteMiddle English from Old French estatut from Late Latin statūtum from neuter of Latin statūtus past participle of statuere to set up from status position ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
statute - Legal Definition
A law that has been enacted by a legislative body.