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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National Amusements thwarted that move by changing CBS’s bylaws so that such a maneuver would require a 90% supermajority vote. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "CBS Directors, Les Moonves Negotiating His Exit as CEO," 6 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, in Delaware, a judge issues an order preventing any changes to the CBS board hours after the Redstone family unilaterally voted to change CBS’ bylaws to require a 90% vote of the board for important matters. Kate Stanhope,, "Timeline: The Redstones' many battles for Viacom ... and now CBS," 22 May 2018 The day before the meeting, Ms. Redstone had changed the board’s bylaws to require a 90 percent supermajority for any motion to carry. New York Times, "Shari Redstone and Leslie Moonves Have Starring Roles in a Corporate War," 17 May 2018 The new bylaws follow an investigation that shook men’s college basketball last year. Matthew Gutierrez, WSJ, "NCAA Tweaks Amateur Rules for College Basketball Players," 8 Aug. 2018 Many pointed to general manager Dan Arnett, who was hired in September 2016 from Central Co-op in Seattle and would have taken over as CEO had the vote passed, as the new bylaws' architect. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Sacramento co-op members vote not to overhaul constitution after heated campaign," 23 June 2018 The bylaw change which allows for the event to take place with a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals needs to be reviewed and approved by the Attorney General’s office, according Town Administrator Charlie Seelig. Jean Lang,, "Halifax vote clears way for Mudfest," 25 May 2018 Schanz said Hansen, Guerra and Woo violated committee bylaws by supporting Schubert, a Republican. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Three prominent Sacramento Democrats were punished for endorsing DA Schubert," 15 June 2018 The bylaws were amended May 16 and now require that at least 90% of CBS' board approve dividends and other major business. Meg James,, "CBS says it will challenge Shari Redstone's bylaw changes," 22 May 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

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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.

History and Etymology for bylaw

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

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