ground rule

noun
|Updated on: 3 Aug 2018

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

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First Known Use of ground rule

1890

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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