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by-law Explained

by-law at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(also bye-law) noun
1 (BrE) a law that is made by a local authority and that applies only to that area
2 (AmE) a law or rule of a club or company

By-law at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

By-law \By"-law`\ (b[imac]"-l[add]`), n. [Cf. Sw. bylag, D.
bylov, Icel. b[=y]arl["o]g, fr. Sw. & Dan. by town, Icel.
b[ae]r, byr (fr. b[^u]a to dwell) + the word for law; hence,
a law for one town, a special law. Cf. {Birlaw} and see
1. A local or subordinate law; a private law or regulation
made by a corporation for its own government.

There was likewise a law to restrain the by-laws, or
ordinances of corporations. --Bacon.

The law or institution; to which are added two
by-laws, as a comment upon the general law.

2. A law that is less important than a general law or
constitutional provision, and subsidiary to it; a rule
relating to a matter of detail; as, civic societies often
adopt a constitution and by-laws for the government of
their members. In this sense the word has probably been
influenced by by, meaning secondary or aside.

by-law at English (WD) Of Explained:



* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈbaI.lɔː/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"baI.lO:/


Inter: en-nou » n
  • Inter: alternative spelling of » bylaw

  • Translation: et » by-law
    Translation: fr » by-law
    Translation: ko » by-law
    Translation: io » by-law
    Translation: mg » by-law
    Translation: ta » by-law
    Translation: vi » by-law

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