sumptuary law

noun

Definition of sumptuary law

1 : a law common in the 13th to 15th centuries to prevent extravagance in private life by limiting expenditure for clothing, food, and furniture
2 : a law designed to regulate habits primarily on moral or religious grounds but regarded as justified under the police power of the state

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“Sumptuary law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sumptuary%20law. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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