bright-line rule

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English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

bright-line rule (plural bright-line rules)

  1. (idiomatic) A clear-cut, easy to make decision
  2. (law) A clearly defined rule or standard, comprised of objective factors, which leaves little or no room for varying interpretation.

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References[edit]

  • Language Log. (Discussion of the phrase, with examples and history)