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statutory

[stach-oo-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstætʃ ʊˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a statute.
2.
prescribed or authorized by statute.
3.
conforming to statute.
4.
(of an offense) recognized by statute; legally punishable.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; statute + -ory1
Related forms
statutorily, adverb
nonstatutory, adjective
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Examples from the web for statutory
  • The concept of statutory torts is not held throughout all commonlaw countries, however.
  • Even if nothing is stolen in a burglary, the act is a statutory offense.
  • In the uk, registration is only now becoming statutory and administered by the hpc.
  • The coast guard has many statutory missions, which are listed below in this article.
British Dictionary definitions for statutory

statutory

/ˈstætjʊtərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or having the nature of a statute
2.
prescribed or authorized by statute
3.
(of an offence)
  1. recognized by statute
  2. subject to a punishment or penalty prescribed by statute
Derived Forms
statutorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for statutory
adj.

"pertaining to statues," 1717, from statute + -ory. Statutory rape attested from 1898; in U.S., "sexual intercourse with a female below the legal age of consent, whether forced or not."

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