a standing rule governing the regulation of a corporation's or society's internal affairs.
a subsidiary law.
British. an ordinance of a municipality or community.
Also, byelaw.

1325–75; by- + law1; replacing Middle English bilawe, equivalent to by town (< Scandinavian; compare Danish by) + lawe law Unabridged
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bylaw or bye-law (ˈbaɪˌlɔː)
1.  a rule made by a local authority for the regulation of its affairs or management of the area it governs
2.  a regulation of a company, society, etc
3.  a subsidiary law
[C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bӯr dwelling, town; see bower1, law1]
bye-law or bye-law
[C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bӯr dwelling, town; see bower1, law1]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., bilage "local ordinance," from O.N. or O.Dan. bi-lagu "town law," from byr "place where people dwell, town, village," from bua "to dwell" + lagu "law." So, a local law pertaining to local residents, or rule of a corporation or association. Sense influenced by by.
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Example sentences
But the rumblings of discontent over the bylaw changes already are coming without the vituperation that existed a year ago.
The old bylaw granted this right only for academic matters.
As mentioned above, state and federal laws supercede any local library bylaw provisions.
The next step is to write down what bylaw you want changed and how you want it worded.
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