regulation

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

Definition of regulation

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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: Noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Lawrence Gostin, an expert in health law at Georgetown University, said there would also be a strong counterargument: that regulation of the medical profession is the province of states, which can therefore regulate what pharmacies prescribe. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Excessive government regulation of a person’s body is unconstitutional. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 4 May 2022 In general, regulation of pop-up infusion clinics that proliferated during the pandemic is a gray area. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 Well, in a historic move in the English game's more than 100-year history, the UK government has decided regulation is the answer. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Tech regulation is at times presented as a bipartisan policy issue, with Republicans and Democrats alike bashing the industry. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 The regulation of invasive plastic surgeries is relatively straightforward. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 Still, Ben Ouagrham-Gormley contends that without showing that the technology could readily foster bioweapon development, such regulation could be premature. Rebecca Sohn, Scientific American, 21 Apr. 2022 Although tax regulation regarding cryptocurrency can be complicated and ever-changing, there is one aspect that won’t change. Robert Samuels | For Iron Monk Solutions, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, 27 Apr. 2022 The group often supports Republicans based on their adherence to a free-market, free-trade, and anti-regulation agenda. al, 24 Mar. 2022 For years, the debate about California-to-Texas migration has pitted low-cost, anti-regulation Texas against higher-income, socially liberal Calfornia. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021 In June, Mark Buse, the top lobbying executive at the dating app company Match Group and a former board member of a pro-regulation group called the Coalition for App Fairness, wrote to Mr. Jo, the Korean lawmaker, supporting the proposal. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Lofven’s options are limited as his coalition relies on the continued support of the Left, which is pro-regulation, and of a more center-right faction that wants deregulation. Niclas Rolander, Bloomberg.com, 17 June 2021 His coalition relies on the continued support of the Left, which is pro-regulation, and of a more conservative faction that wants deregulation. Time, 17 June 2021 Several episodes of the Times’s Ezra Klein podcast last month were brought to my ears by Facebook and the soothing sounds of its pro-regulation message. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 8 Mar. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regulation. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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

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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