rewrite rule

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 Backlash over those disclosures prompted Treasury to rewrite rules on the fly. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Small Businesses Counting on Loan Forgiveness Could Be Stuck With Debt," 6 May 2020 Federal officials rewrote rules under the Endangered Species Act, essentially permitting less water for fish and more for the state and federal pumps. Kurtis Alexander,, "Trump’s California visit raises questions about Newsom’s water policy credibility," 18 Feb. 2020 In 2014, federal authorities finished rewriting rules for commercial helicopter flights, focusing on air ambulances. Washington Post, "Kobe Bryant helicopter crash underscores industry’s long-running safety struggles," 8 Feb. 2020 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., "$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,, "Panel OKs bill requiring extra power sources for nursing homes," 15 Feb. 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Rewrite rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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