Definition of guideline in English:



  • A general rule, principle, or piece of advice.

    ‘the organization has issued guidelines for people working with prisoners’
    • ‘Then you have his breach of the guideline that directors should only chair one top 100 company.’
    • ‘There are, however, some basic guidelines to follow during the course of the hand.’
    • ‘The articles are intended to be general guidelines which apply to every country you may play.’
    • ‘I mean, is there a guideline, is there a statute, is there a procedure, or do they make it up as they go along?’
    • ‘I also take into account the statutory guidelines and all the circumstances of the case.’
    • ‘The guideline avoids specific recommendations on cholesterol lowering drugs.’
    • ‘For that reason attempts have been made to draw up rules or guidelines for fact-finders.’
    • ‘Like other rural clergy, he is following the guidelines issued by the Archbishop of York.’
    • ‘And now it has issued guidelines to drivers to make sure they are fit for the road.’
    • ‘For asthma the guidelines recommended the appropriate use of all reported drugs.’
    • ‘I had written something to say about her, just as a basic guideline for me to work from.’
    • ‘The chief medical officer has also issued interim guidelines pending his final report.’
    • ‘The general guideline for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.’
    • ‘Schools have been issued with guidelines on how to handle anti-war protests by pupils.’
    • ‘The spokesman added the new rules would not be compatible with their current guidelines.’
    • ‘The Health and Safety Executive also issued guidelines for working safely on the Bay.’
    • ‘New health and safety guidelines prevent the new generation of trains doing this.’
    • ‘Darkness fell, and strict safety guidelines kept us from going out on deck unless in pairs.’
    • ‘This is not a question that can easily be answered, but some general guidelines can be offered.’
    • ‘As the usability guideline suggested, any new function is a road block for users to find the other functions.’
    recommendation, instruction, direction, suggestion, advice
    regulation, rule, requirement, specification, prescription, precept, principle, guiding principle
    standard, criterion, measure, gauge, yardstick, benchmark, touchstone
    procedure, parameter, constraint, limit
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