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Meaning of statute

stat•ute

Pronunciation: (stach't, -oot), [key]
— n.
    1. an enactment made by a legislature and expressed in a formal document.
    2. the document in which such an enactment is expressed.
  1. an instrument annexed or subsidiary to an international agreement, as a treaty.
  2. a permanent rule established by an organization, corporation, etc., to govern its internal affairs.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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