golden rule


capitalized G&R : a rule of ethical conduct referring to Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31: do to others as you would have them do to you
: a guiding principle

Examples of golden rule in a Sentence

I try to live by the Golden Rule. The golden rule in sales is to know your customer.
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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of golden rule was in 1570

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“Golden rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

golden rule

: a rule that one should treat others as one would like to be treated

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