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statute Idioms & Phrases


Penal laws, Penal statutes

  • (Law), laws prohibited certain acts, and imposing penalties for committing them.
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Private actstatute

  • a statute exclusively for the settlement of private and personal interests, of which courts do not take judicial notice; opposed to a general law, which operates on the whole community also, private law vs. public law .
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Public actstatute

  • (Law), an act or statute affecting matters of public concern. Of such statutes the courts take judicial notice.
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Retroactive lawstatute

  • (Law), one which operates to make criminal or punishable, or in any way expressly to affect, acts done prior to the passing of the law.
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Special statute, ∨ Special law

  • an act of the legislature which has reference to a particular person, place, or interest; in distinction from a general law.
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Statute book

  • noun a record of the whole body of legislation in a given jurisdiction
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  • a record of laws or legislative acts. Blackstone.
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Statute cap

  • a kind of woolen cap; so called because enjoined to be worn by a statute, dated in 1571, in behalf of the trade of cappers. Obs. Halliwell.
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Statute fair

  • . See Statute, n., 3, above.
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Statute labor

  • a definite amount of labor required for the public service in making roads, bridges, etc., as in certain English colonies.
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statute law

  • noun law enacted by a legislative body
    legislation.
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Statute merchant

  • (Eng. Law), a bond of record pursuant to the stat. 13 Edw. I., acknowledged in form prescribed, on which, if not paid at the day, an execution might be awarded against the body, lands, and goods of the debtor, and the obligee might hold the lands until out of the rents and profits of them the debt was satisfied; called also a pocket judgment. It is now fallen into disuse. Tomlins. Bouvier.
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Statute mile

  • noun a unit of length equal to 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet; exactly 1609.344 meters
    mi; stat mi; mile; land mile; international mile.
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  • . See under Mile.
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Statute of limitations

  • noun a statute prescribing the time period during which legal action can be taken
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  • (Law), a statute assigned a certain time, after which rights can not be enforced by action.
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Statute staple

  • a bond of record acknowledged before the mayor of the staple, by virtue of which the creditor may, on nonpayment, forthwith have execution against the body, lands, and goods of the debtor, as in the statute merchant. It is now disused. Blackstone.
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statute title

  • noun a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with
    rubric; title.
    • Title 8 provided federal help for schools
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