regulation

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

Definition of regulation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of regulating : the state of being regulated
2a : 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
3a : 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
4a 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

adjective

Definition of regulation (Entry 2 of 2)

: conforming to regulations : official

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Synonyms for regulation

Synonyms: Noun

bylaw, ground rule, reg, rule

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Noun

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

Examples of regulation in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At issue in Kisor v. Wilkie is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ interpretation of its regulation prescribing eligibility for disability benefits. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Court vs. the Regulatory State," 26 Mar. 2019 All this comes after another bit of wide-reaching EU regulation in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in May of last year, forcing data-hungry companies like Facebook to offer up new privacy controls. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "EU Passes New Copyright Rules That Could Have a Disastrous Effect," 26 Mar. 2019 Two noteworthy styles: the Helix (starts at $600) and Helix Luxe (starts at $995) mattresses feature a medium feel (not too firm, not too soft), temperature regulation, and memory foam specifically built for side sleepers. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "7 New Online Mattress Companies That Want To Sweeten Your Dreams," 15 Feb. 2019 But there’s a lot more to consider beyond temperature regulation, such as size, style, cooking habits, budget, and energy efficiency. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Refrigerators," 11 Feb. 2019 The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and Should You See One?," 6 Feb. 2019 That is typically a sign the regulation is close to a public unveiling. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Labor Department Set to Propose Rule on Joint Employment," 1 Mar. 2019 These regulations have been almost universally panned by patient advocates, physician groups, hospital associations and others who work in health care. Noam N. Levey, The Seattle Times, "Trump administration takes another step to allow plans that don’t cover pre-existing health conditions," 22 Oct. 2018 Also, if your weight loss is connected with eating too few calories, that can cause your metabolism to slow down, Dr. Besson explains, and your temperature regulation may not be as efficient as usual. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Reasons You Might Be Feeling Cold All the Time," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of regulation

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1803, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of regulation was in 1611

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regulation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of regulation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an official rule or law that says how something should be done
: the act of regulating something

regulation

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of regulation (Entry 2 of 2)

: in agreement with the official rules

regulation

noun
reg·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce regulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of regulation

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

regulation

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

Medical Definition of regulation

1 : the act of regulating also : the resulting state or condition
2a : 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

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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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