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 So far the golden rule of Mr. Trump’s presidency — that his approval ratings shall not budge more than a few percentage points — has held true throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Biden Leads Trump in Key States. But Hillary Clinton Led by More.," 24 Apr. 2020 Officials echoed the new golden rule of health: wash your hands often and avoid touching your face. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms," 6 Mar. 2020 Set a limit There’s isn’t one golden rule for a safe volume level since the intensity of sound produced by smartphones and tablets varies by brand and model. Sunny Sea Gold,, "6 Way to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, According to Experts," 20 Apr. 2020 Fantasy football gurus have a golden rule: Don’t draft your kicker until the final round. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "10 things to know about new Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein, including his impressive career-long field goal(s)," 29 Mar. 2020 Director-writer Todd Phillips does not stick to the comic-book rules of Batman, which are normally written in stone — golden rules such as the Dark Knight never killing — and creates a scenario certain to have some fans screaming in protest. David Betancourt, Washington Post, "Is the answer to ‘Joker’s’ biggest question too crazy to believe?," 7 Oct. 2019 This sums it up Kaep’s situation in one tidy paragraph, from Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel: The golden rule? Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: We're all going insane. Check out this defense of Maurkice Pouncey.," 20 Nov. 2019 For those who would be writers, here is a golden rule: Keep your big mouth shut and listen. 24. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "What Is the Meaning of Life?," 25 Dec. 2019 Dublanica says his final rule of thumb is the golden rule. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Tipping: Most Americans aren't tipping many service providers," 21 Dec. 2019

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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 2 Jun. 2020.

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Financial Definition of golden rule

What It Is

The golden rule is very simple: treat people the way you want to be treated. In the business world, it also refers to fundamental principles of government spending: cover current spending with existing taxes and borrow only to fund investments that benefit more than on generation of citizens.

How It Works

A common principle in all of the world's great religions, the golden rule shows itself in every facet of the business world. It is the essence of what many call square dealing.

From a fiscal policy perspective, a government follows the golden rule when its tax revenues for the current year equal or exceed its day-to-day spending for the current year. Borrowing is allowed, but only for investments such as infrastructure projects, research projects, or other projects that benefit future generations.

Why It Matters

The golden rule is the fundamental policy behind many balanced budget amendment plans in the United States. Though the nation's history contains several attempts at implementing the golden rule, some critics argue that the idea also means that during recessions, when tax revenues are down, the government must cut public services when citizens might need them most.

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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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