by·law | \ˈbī-ˌlȯ \
variants: or less commonly byelaw

Definition of bylaw 

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

2 : a local ordinance

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Examples of bylaw in a Sentence

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

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But before the board acted on that measure, National Amusements had amended the bylaws to require 90% of directors to support such a move. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "AT&T Expressed Interest in CBS to Shari Redstone Before Time Warner Deal," 24 June 2018 Since the board as a whole voted to hire Dunn in 2014, having only a faction of trustees essentially undo that violates board bylaws, Sholar said. Dawn Rhodes,, "SIU board chairwoman blasts colleagues attempting to replace president," 7 June 2018 Common council members held off approving bylaws by which the Gary Port District’s board will operate, yet Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said the concept of a port district already is showing potential for economic benefit to the city. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Mayor: Port authority benefitting Gary," 22 June 2018 None of the responsive records shows evidence of any violations of applicable laws or NCAA bylaws by University coaches, staff or players. Chris Chavez,, "Maryland Officials Subpoenaed in Federal Investigation Into College Basketball Corruption," 6 July 2018 But our convalescent bylaw has been in effect for 30 years., "Should Canton place a moratorium on new hospitals and convalescent or nursing homes?," 11 May 2018 Read this: Costs are high - and rising - in Louisville's basketball scandal cleanup Ramsey's request for financial assistance says the foundation is required to indemnify him by state law and its own bylaws. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "James Ramsey wants U of L to pay his legal fees in its suit against him," 7 May 2018 Kasparian is required by the bylaws of Local 135 to stand for re-election by the end of this year. Joshua Stewart,, "Merger of two big Southern California food worker unions hits snag," 12 July 2018 Instead, in a giddy bubble of insignificance, the young parties are bustling through the political motions, setting up party headquarters, creating logos and drafting bylaws. Julia Wallace, New York Times, "‘Fireflies’ and ‘Ghosts’ in Cambodia Prop Up Facade of Real Election," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of bylaw

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bylaw

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

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

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English Language Learners 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


by·law | \ˈbī-ˌlȯ\

Legal Definition of bylaw 

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

2 : a local ordinance often used in pl.

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