1. A law enacted by a legislature.
2. A decree or edict, as of a ruler.
[Middle English, from Old French estatut, from Late Latin statūtum, from neuter of Latin statūtus, past participle of statuere, to set up, from status, position; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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