- An authoritative rule
- A principle or condition that customarily governs behaviour
"short haircuts were the regulation"
- The state of being controlled or governed
- (embryology) the ability of an early embryo to continue normal development after its structure has been somehow damaged or altered
- The act of bringing to uniformity; making regular
- regularization, regularisation [Brit]
- The act of controlling or directing according to rule
"fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians"
- Prescribed by or according to regulation
"regulation army equipment"
Derived forms: regulations
Any rule prescribing permitted or forbidden conduct, whether established by legislation or the action of an administrative agency; also see building code.
1 [C, usually pl.] (abbr reg)
an official rule made by a government or some other authority:
the rules and regulations of corporate life
Some big companies are failing to meet government regulations.
controlling sth by means of rules:
the voluntary regulation of the press
The authority plans to tighten regulation of company auditors.
■ adjective [only before noun]
that must be worn or used according to the official rules:
in regulation uniform
The imposition by a government of controls over the decisions of individuals or firms. It often refers to the control of industries in which there is monopoly or oligopoly, in order to prevent firms from exploiting their market power at the expense of the public. Regulation may be seen as an alternative to nationalization. For example, the types of industries that were formerly nationalized in the UK have usually been regulated in the USA. The main vehicle for regulation in the UK is the Competition Commission (formerly the Monopolies and Mergers Commission). Regulation is especially important in the financial services industry.
1. In general, the adjustment or control of a component, device, or system.
control. See, for example, SELF-REGULATION.
rejection notch A sharp dip in the transmission characteristic of a crystal filter. It provides rejection-filter action at the notch frequency. Also see CRYSTAL RESONATOR and REJECTION FILTER.
- the regulations come into force as of today.
- appleby was a stickler for regulations.
- this regulation is binding on everybody.
- he tried to do away with the obsolete regulations.
- he is very strict in observing the regulations ...