ground rule


: a sports rule adopted to modify play on a particular field, court, or course
: a rule of procedure
ground rules for selecting a superintendentAmer. School Board Jour.

Examples of ground rule in a Sentence

before the debate begins, let's lay out some ground rules
Recent Examples on the Web Focus on laying down ground rules, putting a strategy in place and following through. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 3 June 2024 Also, there were no ground rules, no uniform method to my madness. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2024 But rather than participate in this kind of sexism — and also not engage in outright single-ism — maybe set some ground rules in advance. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 1 June 2024 Identifying potential miscreants and giving them clear ground rules, with swift comeback when those rules are broken, is an approach born of the frustrations that regulators have experienced when scrambling to keep up with the sector’s move-fast-and-break-things approach. David Meyer, Fortune, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ground rule 

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ground rule was in 1890

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“Ground rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

ground rule

: a rule set up for a specified activity
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