by·law /'bī-ˌlȯ/ n [Middle English bilage bilawe local law, probably ultimately from Old Norse bȳr town + lo̡g law]
1: a rule adopted by an organization chiefly for the government of its members and the management of its affairs
2: a local ordinance
— often used in pl.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun canon, charter, code, municipal regulation, ordinance, prescript, prescription, reglement, regulation, rubric, rule, standard associated concepts: amendment of bylaws, authorization for bylaws, enactment of bylaws, interpretation of bylaws, repeal of bylaws II index code, regulation (rule), rubric (authoritative rule), rule (legal dictate)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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