regulation

1 of 2

noun

reg·​u·​la·​tion ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce regulation (audio)
ˌre-gə-,
 also  ˌrā-
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

regulation

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adjective

: conforming to regulations : official
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

Noun Builders must comply with the regulations. regulations on the disposal of waste Each agency has its own set of rules and regulations. Adjective Students must wear regulation uniforms.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Sam Bankman-Fried was among the most prominent public advocates of responsible cryptocurrency regulation. Vivek Ramaswamy And Mark Lurie, WSJ, 27 Nov. 2022 Some form of crypto regulation already exists in two-thirds of sub-Saharan countries, according to an IMF internal survey. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 23 Nov. 2022 Crypto remains in the netherworld of financial regulation, caught between traditional definitions of securities, commodities, assets, money, and payments. Aaron Klein, Time, 22 Nov. 2022 Sam Bankman-Fried, the 30-year-old founder of FTX, quickly ascended to the top of the cryptocurrency sector, garnering goodwill in recent years as a philanthropist and leading proponent of industry regulation. Max Zahn, ABC News, 19 Nov. 2022 Barry Chin/Globe Staff Eddy also had the lone goal of regulation for Feehan on a ball from Ava Graham about 20 yards off the end line in the 35th minute. Jake Levin, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2022 Aaron Rodgers was upset with Matt LaFleur's playcalling near the end of regulation with the Packers and Cowboys tied at 28 and driving to potentially win the game Sunday. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 15 Nov. 2022 But poorer nations do not have the resources to do the same, leaving the products shipped to their countries at the mercy of loose Indian regulation. Elian Peltier, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 But, seriously, pop in whenever, make a few statements in favor of global methane regulation, get a burger, attend our biofuel symposium, and relax. Nate Odenkirk, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Bankman-Fried, after all, was supposed to be crypto’s good-guy wunderkind, the pro-regulation prophet who would finally lead crypto into the mainstream. Will Gottsegen, The Atlantic, 11 Nov. 2022 Florida's housing woes have been festering for years, with the state enjoying robust population growth while also courting new residents and businesses attracted by the low taxes and an anti-regulation agenda. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 2 May 2022 Florida's housing woes have been festering for years, with the state enjoying robust population growth while also courting new residents and businesses attracted by the low taxes and an anti-regulation agenda. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 2 May 2022 Florida's housing woes have been festering for years, with the state enjoying robust population growth while also courting new residents and businesses attracted by the low taxes and an anti-regulation agenda. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 2 May 2022 Florida's housing woes have been festering for years, with the state enjoying robust population growth while also courting new residents and businesses attracted by the low taxes and an anti-regulation agenda. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 2 May 2022 Florida's housing woes have been festering for years, with the state enjoying robust population growth while also courting new residents and businesses attracted by the low taxes and an anti-regulation agenda. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 2 May 2022 Florida's housing woes have been festering for years, with the state enjoying robust population growth while also courting new residents and businesses attracted by the low taxes and an anti-regulation agenda. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 2 May 2022 Florida's housing woes have been festering for years, with the state enjoying robust population growth while also courting new residents and businesses attracted by the low taxes and an anti-regulation agenda. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 2 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of regulation was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Regulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulation. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

regulation

1 of 2 noun
reg·​u·​la·​tion ˌreg-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce regulation (audio)
1
: the act of regulating : the state of being regulated
2
a
: a rule or order telling how something is to be done
safety regulations in a factory
b
: a rule or order having the force of law

regulation

2 of 2 adjective
: being in agreement with regulations
a regulation baseball

Medical Definition

regulation

noun
reg·​u·​la·​tion ˌreg-yə-ˈlā-shən, ˌreg-ə-ˈlā- How to pronounce regulation (audio)
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 sense 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

Legal Definition

regulation

noun
reg·​u·​la·​tion
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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