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statute of limitations

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A statute setting a time limit on legal action in certain cases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any law that sets a time limit, after which a person may not be tried for a crime, or after which some other legal action may not take place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a statute assigning a certain time, after which rights can not be enforced by action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a statute prescribing the time period during which legal action can be taken

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