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regulation

noun reg·u·la·tion \ ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən , ˌre-gə- also ˌrā- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of regulation

1 :the act of regulating :the state of being regulated
2 a :an authoritative rule dealing with details or procedure
  • safety regulations
b :a rule or order issued by an executive authority or regulatory agency of a government and having the force of law
3 a :the process of redistributing material (as in an embryo) to restore a damaged or lost part independent of new tissue growth
b :the mechanism by which an early embryo maintains normal development
4 a or regulation time :the standard period of time established by the rules of a game or contest excluding overtime
  • Trailing by five with less than a minute to go in regulation, Boston forced the game into overtime …
  • —Bob Ryan
  • Dallas downed the ball at the 20 with 1:47 left in regulation.
  • —Ralph N. Paulk
  • … there will be a change in France for the 1988 World Cup: a sudden-death … period after regulation time.
  • —George Vecsey
b golf :the standard number of strokes allowed by par for reaching the green on a given hole (that is, one stroke on a par 3, two strokes on a par 4, and three strokes on a par 5)
  • Using his conservative left-to-right fade, he hit all but three greens in regulation.
  • —Jaime Diaz

Examples of regulation in a Sentence

  1. Builders must comply with the regulations.

  2. regulations on the disposal of waste

  3. Each agency has its own set of rules and regulations.

Recent Examples of regulation from the Web

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First Known Use of regulation

1611

Synonym Discussion of regulation

law, rule, regulation, precept, statute, ordinance, canon mean a principle governing action or procedure. law implies imposition by a sovereign authority and the obligation of obedience on the part of all subject to that authority.
    • obey the law
rule applies to more restricted or specific situations.
    • the rules of the game
regulation implies prescription by authority in order to control an organization or system.
    • regulations affecting nuclear power plants
precept commonly suggests something advisory and not obligatory communicated typically through teaching.
    • the precepts of effective writing
statute implies a law enacted by a legislative body.
    • a statute requiring the use of seat belts
ordinance applies to an order governing some detail of procedure or conduct enforced by a limited authority such as a municipality.
    • a city ordinance
canon suggests in nonreligious use a principle or rule of behavior or procedure commonly accepted as a valid guide.
    • the canons of good taste

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regulation

adjective

Definition of regulation

:conforming to regulations :official

Examples of regulation in a Sentence

  1. Students must wear regulation uniforms.

First Known Use of regulation

1803


REGULATION Defined for English Language Learners

regulation

noun

Definition of regulation for English Language Learners

  • : an official rule or law that says how something should be done

  • : the act of regulating something


regulation

adjective

Definition of regulation for English Language Learners

  • : in agreement with the official rules


REGULATION Defined for Kids

regulation

noun reg·u·la·tion \ ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of regulation for Students

1 :a rule or law telling how something is to be done
  • safety regulations
2 :the act of controlling or bringing under control the regulation of water flow

Medical Dictionary

regulation

noun reg·u·la·tion \ ˌreg-yə-ˈlā-shən, ˌreg-ə-ˈlā- \

medical Definition of regulation

1 :the act of regulating; also :the resulting state or condition
2 a :the process of redistributing material (as in an embryo) to restore a damaged or lost part independent of new tissue growth — compare regeneration 2
b :the mechanism by which an early embryo maintains normal development
3 :the control of the kind and rate of cellular processes by controlling the activity of individual genes

Law Dictionary

regulation

noun reg·u·la·tion

legal Definition of regulation

1 :the act of regulating or state of being regulated
2 :an authoritative rule; specifically :a rule or order issued by a government agency and often having the force of law — see also Administrative Procedure Act
Note: An agency is often delegated the power to issue regulations by the legislation that created it. Regulations must be made in accordance with prescribed procedures, such as those set out in the federal or a state Administrative Procedure Act. Federal regulations are first published in the Federal Register and later codified in the Code of Federal Regulations.


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