rewrite rule

noun
re·​write rule | \ ˈrē-ˌrīt- How to pronounce rewrite rule (audio) \

Definition of rewrite rule

: a rule in a grammar which specifies the constituents of a single symbol

Examples of rewrite rule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Attorneys for the Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union have dueled before a federal appeals court on two major policies that rewrite rules for seeking and getting asylum. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Key Trump asylum policies are tested in appeals court," 1 Oct. 2019 Trista MatasCastillo, Ramsey County Commissioner, said the incident led the county to re-examine its policies and rewrite rules about how employees interact with workers who are minors. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Ramsey County to pay teen lifeguard over sexual assault; West Lutheran High faces sex abuse lawsuit," 1 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, bank overseers can plow ahead rewriting rules affecting bank stress tests, capital and liquidity rules, and lending to low-income borrowers. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "Democratic House Will Target Wall Street—but Can’t Stop Deregulation," 7 Nov. 2018 The City Council, meanwhile, rewrote rules for chronic nuisance properties, in part because of the Gentle Woods house. OregonLive.com, "$30,000 loan by state of Oregon keeps flophouse open," 13 June 2018 The new, rewritten rules — and the bill approved Wednesday — do not require a generator. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panel OKs bill requiring extra power sources for nursing homes," 15 Feb. 2018 Over the past decade, state legislatures across the country rewrote rule books for how power companies pay for new power plants, shifting financial risks away from electric companies to you and everyone else. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Power Company Is Ripping You Off," 15 Dec. 2017 The report comes as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rewrites rules that had been put in place by the Obama administration to protect students who said they were defrauded by their for-profit colleges. Maria Danilova, USA TODAY, "For-profits blamed for many student debt defaults, study claims," 5 Oct. 2017 The report comes as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rewrites rules that had been put in place by the Obama administration to protect students who said they were defrauded by their for-profit colleges. Washington Post, "Study: For-profits to blame for most student debt defaults," 5 Oct. 2017

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Rewrite rule.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rewrite%20rule. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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