sumptuary law

sumptuary law
noun
1. : a law common in the 13th to 15th centuries to prevent extravagance in private life by limiting expenditure for clothing, food, and furniture
2. : a law designed to regulate habits primarily on moral or religious grounds but regarded as justified under the police power of the state

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1. a law regulating personal habits that offend the moral or religious beliefs of the community.
2. a law regulating personal expenditures designed to restrain extravagance, esp. in food and dress.
[1590-1600]

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