a verbis legis non est recendendum
- /ey varbis liyjis non est rasendendam/ The words of a statute must not be departed from. A court is not at liberty to disregard the letter of a statute, in favor of a supposed intention
Black's law dictionary. HENRY CAMPBELL BLACK, M. A.. 1990.
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statute — stat·ute / sta chüt/ n [Latin statutum law, regulation, from neuter of statutus, past participle of statuere to set up, station, from status position, state] 1: a law enacted by the legislative branch of a government see also code, statutory law … Law dictionary