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rule

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of rule

  1. 1 a statement spelling out the proper procedure or conduct for an activity <read the rules that are posted before you use the pool> Synonyms bylaw, ground rule, reg, regulation Related Words code, constitution, decalogue, directory; act, law, ordinance, statute; behest, charge, command, commandment, decree, dictate, direction, directive, edict, fiat, instruction, order; axiom, fundamental, maxim, precept; moral, principle, value; ban, interdiction, prohibition, proscription, restriction; convention, custom, habit, manners, mores, practice (also practise), tradition, way; blueprint, canon, formula, guide, guideline, standard

  2. 2 lawful control over the affairs of a political unit (as a nation) <the years during which Russia was under Communist rule> Synonyms administration, authority, governance, government, jurisdiction, regime (also régime), regimen Related Words reign; dominion, power, sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacy, sway; command, leadership; direction, management, regulation, superintendence, supervision; autocracy, dictatorship, domination, hegemony, mastery, oppression, subjugation, tyranny

  3. 3 an inherited or established way of thinking, feeling, or doing <one of the sacred rules of that ancient society was respect for the elderly> Synonyms convention, custom, heritage, prescription, rubric, traditionRelated Words ethic, form, mode, mores, norm, principles, standards, values; birthright, inheritance, legacy; folklore, lore, superstition; culture, lifestyle




rule

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of rule

  1. 1 to exercise authority or power over <a sea captain who ruled his ship sternly but justly> Synonyms boss, captain, command, control, preside (over), govern, sway [archaic]Related Words conduct, direct, head, lead; administer, manage, micromanage, oversee, regulate, superintend, supervise; dictate, dominate, domineer, lord (it over), master, oppress, reign (over), tyrannize; conquer, subdue, subjugate

  2. 2 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression) <a monarch who is known for ruling her emotions with an iron hand> Synonyms bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, control, tameRelated Words bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silenceNear Antonyms liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms lose




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