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[steyt-muh nt] /ˈsteɪt mənt/
something stated.
a communication or declaration in speech or writing, setting forth facts, particulars, etc.
a single sentence or assertion:
I agree with everything you said except for your last statement.
Commerce. an abstract of an account, as one rendered to show the balance due.
an appearance of a theme, subject, or motif within a musical composition.
the act or manner of stating something.
the communication of an idea, position, mood, or the like through something other than words:
The furniture in the room makes a statement about the occupant's love of color. Walking out of the meeting will be a statement of our refusal to submit.
Computers. an instruction or other elementary component in a high-level programming language.
1765-75; state (v.) + -ment
Related forms
nonstatement, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for statement
  • Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper.
  • It is true that in repeating a statement in order to emphasize it he may have need to vary its form.
  • There are people whose idea of conversation is contradiction and flat statement.
  • The commonest form of indecision is that between statement and question.
  • It was never backed by any study, and the one academic who made the statement to a reporter took it back almost immediately.
  • It's a permeant statement to one's self or to the world, regardless if you stand by it for the rest of your life or not.
  • The color blocking craze mixes large swaths of color for an effect that is both stylish and statement-making.
  • Job seekers in the sciences or social sciences may be asked to submit a statement of research interests.
  • One of the job postings asks for a statement of teaching interest, not teaching philosophy.
  • It referred to a statement where the intended meaning of the statement is in direct opposition to the statement itself.
British Dictionary definitions for statement


the act of stating
something that is stated, esp a formal prepared announcement or reply
(law) a declaration of matters of fact, esp in a pleading
an account containing a summary of bills or invoices and displaying the total amount due
an account prepared by a bank for each of its clients, usually at regular intervals, to show all credits and debits since the last account and the balance at the end of the period
(music) the presentation of a musical theme or idea, such as the subject of a fugue or sonata
a computer instruction written in a source language, such as FORTRAN, which is converted into one or more machine code instructions by a compiler
(logic) the content of a sentence that affirms or denies something and may be true or false; what is thereby affirmed or denied abstracted from the act of uttering it. Thus I am warm said by me and you are warm said to me make the same statement Compare proposition (sense 2b)
(Brit, education) a legally binding account of the needs of a pupil with special educational needs and the provisions that will be made to meet them
verb (transitive; usually passive)
to assess (a pupil) with regard to his or her special educational needs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for statement

1775, from state (v.) + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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statement in Technology
A single instruction in a computer program written in a procedural language. Typical examples are an assignment statement, an if statement (conditional), a loop statement ("while", "for", "repeat", "until", etc.), a procedure call, a procedure exit, function return statement, switch statement or goto statement.
In many languages, one or more simple statements can be executed sequentially as a compound statement, e.g. bracketed between "begin" and "end" or "" and "" which can then appear in place of a simple statement in an "if" or loop.
Each statement in a high-level language will typically be translated into several machine code instructions by a compiler or, alternatively, executed by an interpreter.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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