sumptuary

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sumptuary \Sump"tu*a*ry\, adjective [L. sumptuarius, fr. sumptus expense, cost, fr. sumere, sumptum, to take, use, spend; sub under + emere to take, buy: cf. F. somptuaire. See {Redeem}.] Relating to expense; regulating expense or expenditure. --Bacon.

{Sumptuary laws} or {Sumptuary regulations}, laws intended to restrain or limit the expenditure of citizens in apparel, food, furniture, etc.; laws which regulate the prices of commodities and the wages of labor; laws which forbid or restrict the use of certain articles, as of luxurious apparel.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sumptuary

adjective

1: regulating or controlling expenditure or personal behavior; "sumptuary laws discouraging construction of large houses on small plots"; "sumptuary laws forbidding gambling"


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