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

Meanwhile, money has stopped flowing out of China, and new Communist Party regulations have been enacted against non-Chinese programming. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Smaller Movies Finding Big Problems in China," 3 Dec. 2018 Access to birth control increased under the Obama administration, but the Trump White House is writing new regulations that could limit availability. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "The American abortion rate is at an all-time low," 3 Dec. 2018 New federal regulations allowing doctors to deny service on religious grounds will likely have deadly consequences for the trans community. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Transgender Women Are Women. Transgender Men Are Men.," 23 Oct. 2018 Earlier this month the Senate warned that NGOs would be punished for not following new regulations saying 60 percent of staffers must be ethnic Hutu and 40 percent must be Tutsi. Fox News, "Burundi suspends non-governmental groups for 3 months," 28 Sep. 2018 What’s more, the NHTSA uses that extreme warming prediction as a reason to justify rolling back environmental regulations aimed at curbing emissions from cars and trucks. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Trump Administration Forecasts 7 Degrees Fahrenheit of Global Warming by 2100," 28 Sep. 2018 As a result, he is poised to weaken environmental regulations, limit affirmative action, and, yes, possibly overturn Roe v. Wade. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Most Americans Support Roe v. Wade—So Why Won’t Washington Listen to Them?," 12 Sep. 2018 As architects dream up of more timber high rises, Oregon’s new regulation could guide other states flirting with mass timber to embrace the material. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The state is the first in the U.S. to legalize mass timber high rises," 21 Aug. 2018 Among the factors according to the EIA are low natural gas prices and environmental regulations. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt is still under investigation by EPA watchdog," 13 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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