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1. A law or rule governing the internal affairs of an organization.
2. A secondary law.

[Middle English bilawe, body of local regulations; akin to Danish by-lag, township ordinance : Old Norse bȳr, settlement; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots + Old Norse *lagu, law; see legh- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈbaɪˌlɔː) or


1. (Law) a rule made by a local authority for the regulation of its affairs or management of the area it governs
2. (Law) a regulation of a company, society, etc
3. (Law) a subsidiary law
[C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bӯr dwelling, town; see bower1, law1]


or bye•law


1. a standing rule governing the regulation of internal affairs of a corporation or society.
2. a subsidiary law.
[1325–75; Middle English bilawe=by town (< Scandinavian; compare Dan by) + lawe law1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bylaw - a rule adopted by an organization in order to regulate its own affairs and the behavior of its members
prescript, rule - prescribed guide for conduct or action


[ˈbaɪlɔː] n (British)arrêté m municipal
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