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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Drone deliveries in the United States have been limited as companies wait on regulations that will allow fully autonomous drones to fly without being directly monitored by a human. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Amazon's new futuristic drone will soon deliver packages," 5 June 2019 Partly because of the tighter regulations, venture funding for China’s fintech firms has fallen sharply. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Cash Is Quickly Disappearing From China's Economy—Data Sheet," 5 June 2019 Businesses argue that the CCPA is overly broad and that complying with different laws in every state is unworkable, preferring instead a lighter touch regulation at the federal level. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's," 4 June 2019 The legal action came after several attempts by the FDA to provide the clinics the opportunity to work with the agency to come into compliance with regulations and protect patients from harm. NBC News, "FDA wins case against Florida stem cell clinic that harmed three women's vision," 4 June 2019 The Federal Reserve’s point man on bank regulation said Thursday that interest rates should be used to achieve the central bank’s inflation and employment goals rather than to address concerns about financial stability. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Fed’s Quarles: Regulatory Tools Better Suited Than Interest Rates to Promote Financial Stability," 30 May 2019 The point is, the Ferrari's hybrid bits are as much about, if not more so, going faster while complying with ever-tightening fuel-economy regulations. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019 That would have been an impossibility just a few years ago, but Congress in 2015 changed a Nixon-era regulation that prevented exports of natural gas. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 But there are no regulations at 31 CFR § 130.120-121. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "I’m starting to think Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall," 20 Dec. 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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