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bylaw

noun by·law \ˈbī-ˌlȯ\

Simple Definition of bylaw

  • : a rule that an organization (such as a club or company) makes and that its members must follow

  • : a law or regulation that is made by a local government and that applies only to the local area

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bylaw

  1. 1 :  a rule adopted by an organization chiefly for the government of its members and the regulation of its affairs

  2. 2 :  a local ordinance

Examples of bylaw in a sentence

  1. <the club's bylaws bar any member whose annual dues remain unpaid from voting in the election>



Variants of bylaw

also byelaw play \ˈbī-ˌlȯ\

Origin of bylaw

Middle English bilawe, probably from Old Norse *bȳlǫg, from Old Norse bȳr town + lag-, lǫg law


First Known Use: 14th century


Law Dictionary

bylaw

noun by·law \ˈbī-ˌlȯ\

Legal Definition of bylaw

  1. 1 :  a rule adopted by an organization chiefly for the government of its members and the management of its affairs

  2. 2 :  a local ordinance —often used in plural



Origin of bylaw

Middle English bilage, bilawe local law, probably ultimately from Old Norse bȳr town + lǫg law



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