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noun [countable/uncountable] British English pronunciation: statute /ˈstætʃuːt/ 
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pluralstatutes
  1. a law passed by a government and formally written down

    The statute was passed as an emergency measure to deal with the strike.

    by statute:

    The government is required by statute to consult local authorities.

    under (a) statute:

    The men have been charged under a federal anti-terrorism statute.

    1. a.
      a written rule made by an organization or institution

      Under the statutes of the University, they had no right to dismiss him.

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