Definition of Regulation

1. Noun. An authoritative rule.

Exact synonyms: Ordinance
Specialized synonyms: Game Law, Age Limit, Assize, Speed Limit
Generic synonyms: Prescript, Rule

2. Adjective. Prescribed by or according to regulation. "Regulation army equipment"
Similar to: Standard

3. Noun. A principle or condition that customarily governs behavior. "Short haircuts were the regulation"

4. Noun. The state of being controlled or governed.

5. Noun. (embryology) the ability of an early embryo to continue normal development after its structure has been somehow damaged or altered.
Category relationships: Embryology
Generic synonyms: Biological Process, Organic Process

6. Noun. The act of bringing to uniformity; making regular.
Exact synonyms: Regularisation, Regularization
Generic synonyms: Control
Derivative terms: Regularise, Regulate

7. Noun. The act of controlling or directing according to rule. "Fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians"
Exact synonyms: Regulating
Generic synonyms: Control
Specialized synonyms: Devaluation, Gun Control, Indexation, Timing, Limitation, Restriction
Derivative terms: Regulate, Regulate

Definition of Regulation

1. n. The act of regulating, or the state of being regulated.

Definition of Regulation

1. Noun. The act of regulating or the condition of being regulated. ¹

2. Noun. A law or administrative rule, issued by an organization, used to guide or prescribe the conduct of members of that organization. ¹

3. Noun. (context: European Union law) A form of legislative act which is self-effecting, and requires no further intervention by the Member States to become law. ¹

4. Adjective. In conformity with applicable rules and regulations. ¹

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Definition of Regulation

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Medical Definition of Regulation

1. 1. The adaption of form or behaviour of an organism to changed conditions. 2. The power of a pregastrula stage to form a whole embryo from a part. Origin: L. Regula = rule This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Regulation

regulation (current term)
regulation time
regulator gene
regulatory T-cell
regulatory agency
regulatory albuminuria
regulatory authority
regulatory cell proliferation kinase

Literary usage of Regulation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"A long continued practice has been held equivalent to a specific regulation. As to the subject-matter of regulations for the government of the army, ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"It will be noticed that jurisdiction Is conferred upon the county courts for the regulation and establishment of ferries under such regulations as may be ..."

3. A Text-book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1911)
"regulation of the Sugar-supply of the Body.—This regulation is of the greatest ... It has been suggested that the regulation of the output of sugar from the ..."

4. A Text-book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1911)
"This regulation is of the greatest importance to the body, ... It has been suggested that the regulation of the output of sugar from the liver is controlled ..."

5. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"AA Benesch. il Am City 13:182-4 S '15 regulation of street traffic. Am City 13:174 S Safety-first traffic signals In Portland, Ore. il Am City 13:180-1 S ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"S., 850 [XXIII., 924], there would, in our opinion, be no difficulty in sustaining the regulation if the matter stood as it was originally. ..."

7. Regulatory Reform in Denmark by Oecd (2000)
"The handbook should help achieve a consistent and strategic approach to consultation so that it better supports high quality regulation, and democratic ..."

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