golden rule


Definition of golden rule

1 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
2 : 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Call it a golden rule, as difficult to obey, sometimes, as the original one. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "The Great American Divorce?," 21 Dec. 2020 For Tee Tran, the golden rule is not just an aspiration. New York Times, "Facing Friction, Entrepreneurs Readjust to Meet Needs," 14 Dec. 2020 Sweet Venus also creates a sextile with rule-making Saturn, encouraging us to look for a meaningful connection and to follow the golden rule for dealing with others' emotions. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 13 Dec. 2020 My colleagues’ guidance boils down to this winter’s golden rule for interacting with anyone outside your immediate household: Don’t spend time indoors with other people. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "The Golden Rule of Pandemic Survival," 17 Nov. 2020 But the golden rule of quantum theory is to consider all possibilities, and exchanging a simple gluon represents just one among a vast landscape of scenarios that could unfold when two quarks collide. Quanta Magazine, "The Mathematical Structure of Particle Collisions Comes Into View," 20 Aug. 2020 The verdict: Yes, twice per day is the golden rule for cleansing—especially during teenage years, when the skin is naturally oilier and more prone to breakouts. Rebecca Dancer, Seventeen, "This Is Exactly How Frequently You Should Be Using These 8 Skincare Staples," 6 July 2020 Lighting makes or breaks any photo, and trail cam pics aren’t immune to that golden rule. Tony Hansen, Outdoor Life, "5 Tips for Getting Better Trail Camera Pictures," 3 Sep. 2019 However, the golden rule of wilderness first aid is: Move the patient to treatment; move the treatment to the patient. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "Don’t Get Bit: Ultimate Snake Survival Guide," 23 July 2014

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First Known Use of golden rule

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Golden rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of golden rule

: a general rule for how to behave that says that you should treat people the way you would like other people to treat you
: an important rule to follow when you do something

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