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rule

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of rule

  1. 1 a statement spelling out the proper procedure or conduct for an activity read the rules that are posted before you use the pool Synonyms of rule bylaw, ground rule, reg, regulation Words Related to rule code, constitution, decalogue, directory; act, law, ordinance, statute; behest, charge, command, commandment, decree, dictate, direction, directive, edict, fiat, instruction, order; axiom, fundamental, maxim, precept; moral, principle, value; ban, interdiction, prohibition, proscription, restriction; convention, custom, habit, manners, mores, practice (also practise), tradition, way; blueprint, canon, formula, guide, guideline, standard

  2. 2 lawful control over the affairs of a political unit (as a nation) the years during which Russia was under Communist rule Synonyms of rule administration, authority, governance, government, jurisdiction, regime (also régime), regimen Words Related to rule reign; dominion, power, sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacy, sway; command, leadership; direction, management, regulation, superintendence, supervision; autocracy, dictatorship, domination, hegemony, mastery, oppression, subjugation, tyranny

  3. 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 Synonyms of rule convention, custom, heritage, prescription, rubric, traditionWords Related to rule ethic, form, mode, mores, norm, principles, standards, values; birthright, inheritance, legacy; folklore, lore, superstition; culture, lifestyle


rule

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of rule

  1. 1 to exercise authority or power over a sea captain who ruled his ship sternly but justly Synonyms of rule boss, captain, command, control, preside (over), govern, sway [archaic]Words Related to rule conduct, direct, head, lead; administer, manage, micromanage, oversee, regulate, superintend, supervise; dictate, dominate, domineer, lord (it over), master, oppress, reign (over), tyrannize; conquer, subdue, subjugate

  2. 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 Synonyms of rule bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, control, tameWords Related to rule bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silenceNear Antonyms of rule liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms of rule lose



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