One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That satisfies the requirements of a university statute.
2That conforms to requirements prescribed by statute as to the quality, size, or amount of something. In early use also: †regular or standard; that passes muster (obsolete).
3Enacted, prescribed, or appointed by statute.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Laud (1573–1645), archbishop of Canterbury. From statute + -able.
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