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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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 Condominium documents: Most associations have a declaration, bylaws and house rules. Benny L. Kass,, "What should unmarried couple keep in mind before buying condo?," 30 May 2018 But according to fraternity bylaws, initiatives approved by the Interfraternity Council must have a 2/3 consensus. Katy Bergen And Mara Rose Williams, kansascity, "Four days after 'self-imposed' freeze, KU's IFC revokes ban on fraternity activities | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018 The Gary Common Council gave its approval to the bylaws for the city’s new Port District. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary approves new Port Board bylaws," 3 July 2018 The bylaws have been changed since Ramsey's departure. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville: Ramsey rich enough to pay his own court fees," 8 June 2018 According to USA Today, the USOC’s bylaws stipulate that a three-person hearing will be held to decide the fate of USAG. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Olympics Committee Moves to Decertify USA Gymnastics," 6 Nov. 2018 Noxious and offensive activities are prohibited in condominium declarations and bylaws. Howard Dakoff,, "In condo association, what's the difference between a committee and a commission?," 3 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

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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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