statutory offense
n. A crime that is not inherently wrong, but that is illegal because it is prohibited by legislation. Some examples of regulatory offenses are exceeding the speed limit; public intoxication; and hunting, fishing, or driving without the appropriate license. Also known as a regulatory offense.
See also crime.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • statutory offense — statutory of fense noun count AMERICAN LEGAL a crime that breaks a law or STATUTE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • statutory offense — noun crimes created by statutes and not by common law • Syn: ↑statutory offence, ↑regulatory offense, ↑regulatory offence • Hypernyms: ↑crime, ↑offense, ↑criminal offense, ↑criminal offence, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • statutory offense — stat′utory offense′ n. law a wrong punishable under a statute, rather than at common law. Also called statutory crime • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

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  • statutory offense — Law. a wrong punishable under a statute, rather than at common law. Also called statutory crime. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • statutory offense — crime according to the law …   English contemporary dictionary

  • statutory offence — noun crimes created by statutes and not by common law • Syn: ↑statutory offense, ↑regulatory offense, ↑regulatory offence • Hypernyms: ↑crime, ↑offense, ↑criminal offense, ↑criminal offence, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • statutory — Relating to a statute; created or defined by a statute; required by a statute; conforming to a statute @ statutory bond One that either literally or substantially meets requirements of statute. Southern Surety Co. v. United States Cast Iron Pipe… …   Black's law dictionary

  • statutory crime. — See statutory offense. * * * …   Universalium

  • statutory crime — noun : statutory offense …   Useful english dictionary

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