ground rule

noun

Definition of ground rule

1 :a sports rule adopted to modify play on a particular field, court, or course
2 :a rule of procedure
  • ground rules for selecting a superintendent
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Examples of ground rule in a Sentence

  1. before the debate begins, let's lay out some ground rules

First Known Use of ground rule

1890


GROUND RULE Defined for English Language Learners

ground rule

noun

Definition of ground rule for English Language Learners

  • : a basic rule about what should be done in a particular situation, event, etc.

  • sports : a special rule about how a game is played on a particular field, court, or course


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