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REGULATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does regulation mean? 

REGULATION (noun)
  The noun REGULATION has 6 senses:

1. an authoritative rule
2. a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
3. the state of being controlled or governed
4. (embryology) the ability of an early embryo to continue normal development after its structure has been somehow damaged or altered
5. the act of bringing to uniformity; making regular
6. the act of controlling or directing according to rule

  Familiarity information: REGULATION used as a noun is common.


REGULATION (adjective)
  The adjective REGULATION has 1 sense:

1. prescribed by or according to regulation

  Familiarity information: REGULATION used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


REGULATION (noun)


Sense 1regulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An authoritative rule

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

ordinance; regulation

Hypernyms ("regulation" is a kind of...):

prescript; rule (prescribed guide for conduct or action)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "regulation"):

game law (a regulation intended to manage or preserve game animals)

age limit (regulation establishing the maximum age for doing something or holding some position)

assize (the regulation of weights and measures of articles offered for sale)

speed limit (regulation establishing the top speed permitted on a given road)


Sense 2regulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A principle or condition that customarily governs behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

rule; regulation

Context examples:

it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast / short haircuts were the regulation

Hypernyms ("regulation" is a kind of...):

concept; conception; construct (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "regulation"):

working principle; working rule (a rule that is adequate to permit work to be done)

cy pres; cy pres doctrine; rule of cy pres (a rule that when literal compliance is impossible the intention of a donor or testator should be carried out as nearly as possible)

guideline; guidepost; rule of thumb (a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior)

limitation; restriction (a principle that limits the extent of something)


Sense 3regulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being controlled or governed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("regulation" is a kind of...):

ascendance; ascendancy; ascendence; ascendency; control; dominance (the state that exists when one person or group has power over another)


Sense 4regulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(embryology) the ability of an early embryo to continue normal development after its structure has been somehow damaged or altered

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("regulation" is a kind of...):

biological process; organic process (a process occurring in living organisms)

Domain category:

embryology (the branch of biology that studies the formation and early development of living organisms)


Sense 5regulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of bringing to uniformity; making regular

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

regularisation; regularization; regulation

Hypernyms ("regulation" is a kind of...):

control (the activity of managing or exerting control over something)


Sense 6regulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of controlling or directing according to rule

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

regulating; regulation

Context example:

fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians

Hypernyms ("regulation" is a kind of...):

control (the activity of managing or exerting control over something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "regulation"):

devaluation (an official lowering of a nation's currency; a decrease in the value of a country's currency relative to that of foreign countries)

gun control (efforts to regulate or control sales of guns)

indexation (a system of economic regulation: wages and interest are tied to the cost-of-living index in order to reduce the effects of inflation)

timing (the regulation of occurrence, pace, or coordination to achieve a desired effect (as in music, theater, athletics, mechanics))

limitation; restriction (an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation))


REGULATION (adjective)


Sense 1regulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prescribed by or according to regulation

Context example:

regulation army equipment

Similar:

standard (conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind)


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