by·​law | \ ˈbī-ˌlȯ How to pronounce bylaw (audio) \
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 that requires ¾ approval of owners to terminate another owner, according to the NBA constitution and bylaws. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Analysis: What's next for Warriors after Kyle Lowry incident? They should oust Mark Stevens," 7 June 2019 The sporting body says the bylaw is crucial to protecting the interests... Sara Germano, WSJ, "Olympic Athletes in Germany Seize Advertising Win," 27 Feb. 2019 One bylaw restricts pets on any part of the beach from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. May 15 to Sept. 15. Linda Greenstein,, "Newbury delays deciding whether dogs allowed on beach," 26 Apr. 2018 The association’s bylaws say membership can be revoked by a majority vote. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "‘Unethical’ actions by Missouri publisher in Greitens case spark press corps debate | The Kansas City Star," 3 May 2018 Most co-op bylaws include legal indemnification for directors — but directors should check. Kathleen Hughes, New York Times, "Could You Be Sued as a Co-op Board Member?," 27 Apr. 2018 Federal authorities on Wednesday introduced jurors to the bylaws of Texas’ ruling biker club, the same day that a state prosecutor in Waco dismissed 13 cases against bikers stemming from the deadly 2015 shootout there. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Jurors in racketeering trial are shown Bandidos’ bylaws," 28 Feb. 2018 About an hour before the hearing, the Redstone family, through National Amusements Inc., took the extraordinary step of changing CBS' bylaws. Meg James,, "Judge hits pause on CBS-Redstone brawl, halting changes to CBS board," 16 May 2018 There will be eight playoff teams in the West, according to the strict bylaws of the league’s constitution, and FiveThirtyEight’s model has seven teams safely in. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Buy Low on LeBron James and the Lakers," 15 Feb. 2019

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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

US : 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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