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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.
Origin of statement
1765-75; state (v.) + -ment
Related forms
nonstatement, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for statements
  • Rewards were offered for information leading to the conviction of anyone spreading anti-government statements.
  • His reluctance to make definitive public statements on the secession crisis was an ongoing theme in his remarks on this journey.
  • Most teaching statements are written by people who-let's be honest-don't really know that much about teaching.
  • Students reported the highest ratings for statements about social anxiety and academic distress.
  • His university has appropriately said he cannot be fired simply for his extramural statements.
  • To participate, you adjust sliders to show the degree to which you agree or disagree with five political statements.
  • Try to think of positive statements about your abilities and accomplishments as simple statements of fact, which indeed they are.
  • They showed, for example, that groups of strangers could persuade people to believe statements that were obviously false.
  • It is amazing how some commenters make ideological anti-science statements without any supporting evidence.
  • There is no automatic connection between the first and second statements.
British Dictionary definitions for statements


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
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Word Origin and History for statements



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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