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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Old Norse *lagu, law; see legh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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