A law enacted by a state legislature or theU.S. Congress. See: Statutory Law. Compare:Ordinance; Resolution.
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionarystatute (noun)
a law enacted by the legislative branch of a government
an act of a corporation or of its founder intended as a permanent rule
an international instrument setting up an agency and regulating its scope or authority law
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurusstatute (noun)
a rule of conduct or action laid down by a governing authority and especially a legislature
SYNONYMS:act, bill, constitution, enactment, ordinance, statute
RELATED WORDS:command, commandment, decree, dictate, directive, edict, fiat, ruling; bylaw, ground rule, regulation, rule; amendment, legislation; common law, martial law; blue law; prohibition, proscription, restriction; canon, capitulary, encyclical
NEAR ANTONYMS:higher law
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