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1. Legally regulating expenditures considered extravagant.
2. Legally prohibiting or discouraging, as by the imposition of taxes, certain behaviors: sumptuary laws forbidding gambling.

[Latin sūmptuārius, from sūmptus, expense, from past participle of sūmere, to take, buy; see em- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Banking & Finance) relating to or controlling expenditure or extravagance
[C17: from Latin sumptuārius concerning expense, from sumptus expense, from sūmere to spend]
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(ˈsʌmp tʃuˌɛr i)

1. pertaining to or regulating expense or personal expenditure, esp. with the intent of restraining extravagance.
2. intended to regulate personal habits on moral or religious grounds.
[1590–1600; < Latin sūmptuārius, derivative of sūmptu(s) spending, expense (sūm(ere) to take, procure]
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Adj.1.sumptuary - regulating or controlling expenditure or personal behavior; "sumptuary laws discouraging construction of large houses on small plots"; "sumptuary laws forbidding gambling"
restrictive - serving to restrict; "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"
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[ˈsʌmptjʊərɪ] ADJsuntuario
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To which purpose serveth the opening, and well-balancing of trade; the cherishing of manufactures; the banishing of idleness; the repressing of waste, and excess, by sumptuary laws; the improvement and husbanding of the soil; the regulating of prices of things vendible; the moderating of taxes and tributes; and the like.
It was so artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy, that it had all the effect of a last and fitting decoration to the apparel which she wore, and which was of a splendour in accordance with the taste of the age, but greatly beyond what was allowed by the sumptuary regulations of the colony.
These clothes and trinkets they were wearing were as fine and dainty as the shrewdest stretch of the sumptuary laws allowed to people of their degree; and in these pretty clothes, she crying on his shoulder, and he trying to comfort her with hopeful words set to the music of despair, they went from the judgment seat out into the world homeless, bedless, breadless; why, the very beggars by the road- sides were not so poor as they.
"My dear," continued Fleur-de-Lys, with decided sharpness, "You will get yourself taken up by the sumptuary police for your gilded girdle."
The guests were now seated at the table laden with the first course, which they ate as provincials eat, without shame at possessing a good appetite, and not as in Paris, where it seems as if jaws gnashed under sumptuary laws, which made it their business to contradict the laws of anatomy.
The bill also seeks an increase in the amounts of their utility bills, sumptuary allowances, etc.
The premier is given Rs50,000 sumptuary allowance, an adhoc relief allowance of Rs21,456, and further adhoc allowances of Rs12,110 and Rs10,728.
Al-NabulusI addressed his text to the Ayyubid sultan al-Malik al-Salih Najm al-DIn Ayyub, who had issued a decree enforcing sumptuary laws that required non-Muslims to distinguish themselves from Muslims.
Asad Omar said the Government has decided to withdraw tax exemption for Prime Minister, Ministers and Governors in respect of accommodation, conveyance and sumptuary allowance.
The government has decided to withdraw tax exemption for the prime minister and governors in respect of accommodation, conveyance and sumptuary allowance.
Likewise, services chiefs, provincial governors and corps commanders are qualified to avail free conveyance and sumptuary entertainment allowance provided by the government.