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Topic: LAW

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: statut, from Late Latin statutum 'law', from Latin statuere 'to set up, station', from status; STATE1

statute

noun
     
stat‧ute [countable]
1SCL a law passed by a parliament, council etc and formally written down:
Protection for the consumer is laid down by statute (=established by law).
2 a formal rule of an institution or organization:
College statutes forbid drinking on campus.
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