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regulation ‎(countable and uncountable, plural regulations)

  1. (uncountable)   The act of regulating or the condition of being regulated.
  2. (countable)   A law or administrative rule, issued by an organization, used to guide or prescribe the conduct of members of that organization.
    • 2013 May 17, George Monbiot, “Money just makes the rich suffer”, in The Guardian Weekly[1], volume 188, number 23, page 19:
      In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. […]  The public realm is privatised, the regulations restraining the ultra-wealthy and the companies they control are abandoned, and Edwardian levels of inequality are almost fetishised.
    • Army regulations state a soldier AWOL over 30 days is a deserter.
  3. (European Union law) A form of legislative act which is self-effecting, and requires no further intervention by the Member States to become law.
  4. (genetics) Mechanism controlling DNA transcription.
  5. (medicine) Physiological process which consists in maintaining homoeostasis.



regulation ‎(not comparable)

  1. In conformity with applicable rules and regulations.
    • 1969, Thomas Wiseman, The Quick and the Dead, page 328:
      It is regulation that these directives are to be destroyed on receipt.
    • 2004, Marc Miller, The Kettles and the Keeps: Ghosts at War, page 88:
      "The hat is regulation as well, I assume."
    • 2007, Jim Butcher, Captain's Fury, page 48:
      It is the responsibility of every legionare to be sure that he is regulation height as well.

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