Definition of as a rule in English:

as a rule

phrase

  • Usually, but not always.

    ‘any architect knows that, as a rule, old buildings are more soundly built than new ones’
    • ‘Once a week, as a rule, usually on Sunday, a ship's company was ordered to assemble into their divisions.’
    • ‘Generally, as a rule, it is best to take your herb tea one hour before eating, on an empty stomach.’
    • ‘Most men wear pleated trousers, which as a rule, should always have cuffs.’
    • ‘Again, Aristotle's notion of the goal of tragedy is odd: do tragedies always, or even as a rule, purge their audience of pity and fear?’
    • ‘Young people, as a rule, prefer novelty to conventions, breaking fresh ground to following the beaten track.’
    • ‘Ellen had always taken a direct approach with her brother, and as a rule there were no secrets between them.’
    • ‘The landscapes, as a rule, were depicted as unpeopled, pristine environments.’
    • ‘As I've said above, I've been surprised to learn how poorly paid title designers are as a rule.’
    • ‘One member commented that, as a rule, trippers were a nuisance - they thought they could do as they pleased and go wherever they liked.’
    • ‘Action thrillers contain lots of twists and turns as a rule, usually of a kind we have all seen a dozen times before.’
    usually, generally, in general, normally, ordinarily, customarily, almost always, for the most part, on the whole, by and large, in the main, mainly, mostly, more often than not, commonly, typically, on average, in most cases
    View synonyms