grandfathered in

Definition of "grandfathered in"
  1. The continued permission to use a property in a manner that was permitted before new restrictions or zoning ordinances were enacted
How to use "grandfathered in" in a sentence
  1. Despite the new law, the old building was grandfathered in, allowing its previous functions.
  2. Since he owned the property before the new zoning regulations, he was grandfathered in.
  3. Although the town enacted stricter business ordinances, the local bakery was grandfathered in and could operate in its old way.

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