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bylaw


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  {Law}.] 
  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. 
  --Addison. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bylaw 
  n  :  a  rule  made  by  a  local  authority  to  regulate  its  own  affairs 
  [syn:  {bye  law}] 




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