Definition of guideline in English:



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

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