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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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North West District Council has found it fit to engage farmers associations again to solicit their input in order to promote smooth implementation of the bye law regulations.
Neighbouring Sandwell Council imposed a bye law in October banning roadside vehicle sales by people, carrying a maximum pounds 500 fine.
Bye law 34(b) states that, subject to certain exceptions, "no payment of any kind shall be made by the institute to any member of the council of the institute, or to any firm or company of which a council member is a partner or a director, as the case may be, or in which a member has any interest"
I know Warrington has a bye law prohibiting such behaviour.
Project activities will include; advocacy and establishment of bye law on community forest protection; Training of 200 women and 200 youths on composting; bee keeping/honey production and harvesting and sales to improve income generating activities and economic standard of living of the people Training of 200 women and 200 youths on construction/management of ponds for fish and other crustaceans.
The Chairman Senate informed the Senators during session of the upper house of Parliament here, that trustees had made the bye laws to run the trust.