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rule

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1 a statement spelling out the proper procedure or conduct for an activity
  • Read the rules that are posted before you use the pool.
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2 lawful control over the affairs of a political unit (as a nation)
  • the years during which Russia was under Communist rule
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3 an inherited or established way of thinking, feeling, or doing
  • One of the sacred rules of that ancient society was respect for the elderly.
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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

rule

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1 to exercise authority or power over
  • a sea captain who ruled his ship sternly but justly
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2 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
  • a monarch who is known for ruling her emotions with an iron hand
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decide, determine, settle, rule, resolve mean to come or cause to come to a conclusion. decide implies previous consideration of a matter causing doubt, wavering, debate, or controversy.
    • she decided to sell her house
determine implies fixing the identity, character, scope, or direction of something.
    • determined the cause of the problem
settle implies a decision reached by someone with power to end all dispute or uncertainty.
    • the dean's decision settled the campus alcohol policy
rule implies a determination by judicial or administrative authority.
    • the judge ruled that the evidence was inadmissible
resolve implies an expressed or clear decision or determination to do or refrain from doing something.
    • he resolved to quit smoking


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