statute of limitations

statute of limitations

noun Law.
a statute defining the period within which legal action may be taken.

Origin:
1760–70

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statute of limitations
 
n
See also laches a legislative enactment prescribing the period of time within which proceedings must be instituted to enforce a right or bring an action at law

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statute of limitations definition


Any law that places a time restriction during which a lawsuit must be brought to court or a crime must be prosecuted.

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