Definition of subordinate legislation in English:

subordinate legislation


  • [mass noun] Law which is enacted under delegated powers, such as statutory instruments.

    • ‘In choosing between these submissions we must first remind ourselves of the relevant provisions of statute and subordinate legislation.’
    • ‘In reading the objectives, instructions and guidance the court is not construing a statute, or even subordinate legislation.’
    • ‘The application of that legislation or that subordinate legislation or instrument fastens upon certain features.’
    • ‘In India, at least till the market attains maturity, it is essential for compulsory/obligatory cessions to remain in the statute book (or alternatively in subordinate legislation like insurance regulations).’
    • ‘Apart from influencing the construction of a statute or subordinate legislation, an international convention may play a part in the development by the courts of the common law.’