statute (n.) 1
law, decree, regulation
Cor I.i.82 [First Citizen to Menenius, of the patricians] provide more piercing statutes daily to chain up and restrain the poor
MA III.iii.77 [Dogberry to Verges] any man that knows the statutes [F Statues]
MM V.i.318 [disguised Duke to Escalus] the strong statutes / Stand like the forfeits in a barber's shop