a. The act of stating or declaring: The attorney's statement took an hour.
b. Something stated; a declaration: The witness made many false statements.
c. A formal oral or written declaration, especially with regard to facts or claims: In a statement, the firm denied any wrongdoing.
2. An abstract of a commercial or financial account showing an amount due; a bill.
3. A monthly report sent to a debtor or bank depositor.
4. Computers An elementary instruction in a programming language.
5. An overall impression or mood intended to be communicated, especially by means other than words: Glass, exposed beams, and antiques created a strong decorative statement.
Having a striking appearance, often because of large size, unusual design, or extensive ornamentation: a statement necklace; statement furniture.
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