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  1. pertaining to, dealing with, or regulating expense or expenditure.
  2. intended to regulate personal habits on moral or religious grounds.
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Origin of sumptuary

1590–1600; < Latin sūmptuārius, equivalent to sūmptu(s) spending, expense (sūm(ere) to take, procure (see consume) + intrusive -p- + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ārius -ary
Can be confusedsumptuary sumptuous
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British Dictionary definitions for sumptuary


  1. relating to or controlling expenditure or extravagance
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin sumptuārius concerning expense, from sumptus expense, from sūmere to spend
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Word Origin and History for sumptuary


"pertaining to expense," 1600, from Latin sumptuarius "relating to expenses," from sumptus "expensive" (see sumptuous).

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