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Definition of "rule" []

  • Governing power or its possession or use; authority. (noun)
  • The duration of such power. (noun)
  • An authoritative, prescribed direction for conduct, especially one of the regulations governing procedure in a legislative body or a regulation observed by the players in a game, sport, or contest. (noun)
  • The body of regulations prescribed by the founder of a religious order for governing the conduct of its members. (noun)
  • A usual, customary, or generalized course of action or behavior: "The rule of life in the defense bar ordinarily is to go along and get along” ( Scott Turow). (noun)
  • An authoritative regulation or direction concerning method or procedure, as for a court of law, legislative body, game, or other human institution or activity (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The exercise of governmental authority or control (noun)
  • The period of time in which a monarch or government has power (noun)
  • A customary form or procedure; regular course of action (noun)
  • A prescribed method or procedure for solving a mathematical problem, or one constituting part of a computer program, usually expressed in an appropriate formalism (noun)
  • A formal expression of a grammatical regularity in a linguistic description of a language (noun)
  • Any of various devices with a straight edge for guiding or measuring; ruler (noun)
  • A printed or drawn character in the form of a long thin line (noun)
  • A strip of brass or other metal used to print such a line (noun)
  • A systematic body of prescriptions defining the way of life to be followed by members of a religious order (noun)
  • An order by a court or judge (noun)
  • To exercise governing or controlling authority over (a people, political unit, individual, etc) (verb)
  • To decide authoritatively; decree (verb)
  • To mark with straight parallel lines or make one straight line, as with a ruler (verb)
  • To restrain or control (verb)
  • To be customary or prevalent (verb)
  • To be pre-eminent or superior (verb)
  • (of a planet) to have a strong affinity with certain human attributes, activities, etc, associated with (one or sometimes two signs of the zodiac) (verb)

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Use "rule" in a sentence
  • "Now note that the rule of stare decisis is a _rule of law_."
  • "But if the exceptions to the rule of promise keeping are all those cases where keeping a the promise is less than optimal, then the ˜rule™ is no more than a rule of thumb, and the actual principle governing decisions on promise-keeping is the principle of maximal utility."
  • "And that in the church they are vested with rule appears not only by their name of elders, which when applied to officers, imports rule, authority, &c., as hath been said; but also by the adjunct participle _that rule_, or"