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[bahy-law] /ˈbaɪˌlɔ/
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.
Origin of bylaw
1325-75; by- + law1; replacing Middle English bilawe, equivalent to by town (< Scandinavian; compare Danish by) + lawe law Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The next step is to write down what bylaw you want changed and how you want it worded.
  • As mentioned above, state and federal laws supercede any local library bylaw provisions.
British Dictionary definitions for bylaw


a rule made by a local authority for the regulation of its affairs or management of the area it governs
a regulation of a company, society, etc
a subsidiary law
Word Origin
C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bӯr dwelling, town; see bower1, law1
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Word Origin and History for bylaw

late 13c., bilage "local ordinance," from Old Norse or Old Danish bi-lagu "town law," from byr "place where people dwell, town, village," from bua "to dwell" (see bower) + lagu "law" (see law). So, a local law pertaining to local residents, or rule of a corporation or association. Sense influenced by by.

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