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 for Sumptuary laws
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sumptuary \Sump"tu*a*ry\, a. [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.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SUMPTUARY LAWS. Those relating to expenses, and made to restrain excess in 
  apparel. 
       2. In the United States the expenses of every man are left to his own 
  good judgment, and not regulated by Arbitrary laws. 
  
  

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