) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Regulating or limiting personal expenditures.
- Regulating commercial or real-estate activities: sumptuary laws discouraging construction of large houses on small plots of land.
- Regulating personal behavior on moral or religious grounds: sumptuary laws forbidding gambling.
, from smptus
, from past participle of smere
, to take, buy
; see em-
in Indo-European roots