regulation

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

As was the case when ride-hailing first arrived in San Antonio, the technology is ahead of the regulation. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "As e-scooters flow into SA, officials scramble to regulate, but not too much," 6 July 2018 With Democrats increasingly in favor of greater regulation, tech companies will need Republican allies to head off legislation that hurts their bottom line. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How Conservatives Are Hoodwinking Big Tech," 29 June 2018 Then environmental groups and others critical of EPA’s lack of power plant regulation for greenhouse gases could begin a new round of litigation. Niina Heikkinen, Scientific American, "Court Becoming Impatient with EPA Over Clean Power Plan," 27 June 2018 The plan announced Monday rids the bank of businesses that have inflicted significant reputational damage and face the prospect of more regulation. Matthew Burgess, Bloomberg.com, "Commonwealth Bank’s Wealth Unit Spin Off May Be Worth as Much as AMP," 26 June 2018 And new regulations discouraged banks from making loans that borrowers will struggle to repay. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn’t Keep Pace," 13 July 2018 The extreme sensitivity of health information related to addiction treatment led to the 1972 passage of a federal regulation, 42 CFR Part 2. Melissa Stein, STAT, "Privacy laws are hurting the care of patients with addiction," 13 July 2018 The audit found 11 violations of state amusement park regulations, mostly pertaining to record-keeping and safety signs. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Kansas water park to tear down slide 2 years after boy's beheading," 12 July 2018 That change is unlikely to derail the focus on rolling back regulations, a core tenet of the Trump administration. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "From new leadership to Clean Power Plan, subtle shifts ripple through EPA," 11 July 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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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 \

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- \

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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