ground rule


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 superintendentAmer. School Board Jour.

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Synonyms for ground rule


bylaw, reg, regulation, rule

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Examples of ground rule in a Sentence

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

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More time was needed to reassure the Japanese side and explain the deal, a French government official said, asking not to be identified to comply with ground rules. Daniele Lepido, Fortune, "It's Not Up to Renault Anymore. Fiat Chrysler Just Withdrew Its Merger Offer," 5 June 2019 Many organizations offer templates, of varying length and detail, for contracts that new drivers and their parents can use to set ground rules. Ann Carrns, New York Times, "Advice Has Changed on What Car to Buy for a Young Driver," 8 June 2018 This is a ground rule in statistics and probability: the greater the sample size, the great the accuracy. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: What's Causing Novak Djokovic's Downturn and When Will He Return to Form?," 28 Mar. 2018 Even within the department store, the most powerful brands have started to change the ground rules. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 Commissioner Dan Saltzman and transportation commissioners sent a letter Tuesday to five companies hoping to operate in the city to set out some ground rules. Andrew Theen,, "E-scooters likely coming to Portland this summer, with no guarantee of future," 1 June 2018 Establish ground rules for a constructive discussion; then turn the meeting over to her. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "2 options for handling mansplaining at work," 28 Nov. 2018 The ground rules are fairly straightforward: Three contestants, all of whom must carry some college debt, go head-to-head on a series of trivia questions, including a few related to education. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "New game show 'Paid Off' offers chance to eliminate student loan debt," 10 July 2018 Now that everyone's here, Chris Harrison sets the ground rules: Each week there will be Bachelor-style dates. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 1 Recap: All About Colton," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of ground rule

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ground rule

: a basic rule about what should be done in a particular situation, event, etc.
chiefly US, sports : a special rule about how a game is played on a particular field, court, or course

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