Definition of metarule in US English:

metarule

noun

  • A rule governing the content, form, or application of other rules.

    ‘three particular metarules of international law provide especially weak support’
    • ‘This property of metarules will ultimately reduce the high price of false alarms that organizations typically pay.’
    • ‘Note that since metarules are rules, they are subject to change based on other metarules.’
    • ‘The metarules in the methodologies package activate other packages, depending on the context.’
    • ‘There are two overarching metarules which determine where the Road Tiles go.’
    • ‘Panini's grammar uses a variety of formal techniques including recursion, transformations, and metarules.’
    • ‘They must familiarize themselves with a dance form's ‘code’ - with its rules and metarules and the daily practices that constitute the kind of body language that it is.’
    • ‘We prove the termination for a set of metarules used in our German grammar and show how metarules can be integrated into the parser.’
    • ‘This page and the following three will develop what rules are applied by the story character specialist: this includes metarules, rules of comparison and inference rules.’
    • ‘It may be a metarule at your office that the rules in the policies manual aren't followed.’
    • ‘A society whose metarules imply that changes in legal rules will be accompanied by large changes in individual wealth is therefore likely to spend considerable resources fighting over such changes.’

Pronunciation

metarule

/ˈmedəˌro͞ol/