bylaw

noun by·law \ ˈbī-ˌlȯ \
variants: or less commonly byelaw
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

Examples of bylaw in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of bylaw

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


BYLAW Defined for English Language Learners

bylaw

noun

Definition of bylaw for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

bylaw

noun 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.

Origin and Etymology of bylaw

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



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