Definition of statute of limitations in English:

statute of limitations

noun

Law
  • A statute prescribing a period of limitation for the bringing of certain kinds of legal action.

    • ‘Under Italian law, the statute of limitations means that, after a long period of time since the offence, the conviction is quashed.’
    • ‘The statute of limitations for libel in England is one year, giving O'Reilly only 76 more days to file.’
    • ‘Shouldn't there be a statute of limitations on intellectual property when something becomes entrenched in culture?’
    • ‘The defense held that even if there was proof of genocide, to charge the defendants now violated the statute of limitations.’
    • ‘As far as I can see the American doctors aren't as brazen as their Australian cousins in calling for a statute of limitations on tort claims.’

Pronunciation:

statute of limitations

/ˈstaCHo͞ot əv ˌliməˈtāSHənz/