Definition of regulation in US English:



  • 1A rule or directive made and maintained by an authority.

    ‘planning regulations’
    • ‘We now have rules, regulations and laws against racism, and more people are taught not to be racist.’
    • ‘I do know there is a provision in the regulations relating to length of sailing vessels.’
    • ‘Secondly, you have to make sure you don't fall foul of the new regulations.’
    • ‘Because the council is a statutory body, it cannot change its regulations without a change in the law.’
    • ‘It is widely believed that the regulations will be relaxed over the coming years.’
    • ‘Tougher building regulations to raise the energy efficiency of new buildings are to be introduced.’
    • ‘The vast majority of motorists will not be directly affected by the regulations.’
    • ‘At this stage, there are no regulations or criteria for how these academies should be run.’
    • ‘Nobility involved a way of life, not the exercise of a profession bound by rules and regulations.’
    • ‘You don't want to be bogged down with all those bureaucratic rules and regulations?’
    • ‘Snap decisions can be taken, but we all have to work with regulations and guidelines.’
    • ‘The tribunal accepted that there are restrictions on the weight of doors imposed by fire regulations.’
    • ‘Under the new regulations, headteachers will have the option to expel pupils or involve the police.’
    • ‘The regulations require certain information to be contained in the agreement.’
    • ‘The crane was not thoroughly examined prior to assembly as required by the applicable regulations.’
    • ‘As well as not having a permit, the disco violated several fire safety regulations.’
    • ‘All military forces require a code of laws and regulations for the maintenance of discipline and good order.’
    • ‘Will the tighter regulations on consent help restore public confidence and hold doctors to account?’
    • ‘Let's look at the basic rules and regulations governing scientific research.’
    • ‘These regulations have not yet been decided but are expected in the coming weeks.’
    rule, ruling, order, directive, act, law, by-law, statute, edict, canon, ordinance, pronouncement, mandate, dictate, dictum, decree, fiat, proclamation, command, injunction, procedure, requirement, prescription, precept, guideline
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    1. 1.1as modifier In accordance with regulations; of the correct type.
      ‘regulation army footwear’
      • ‘All transport systems must meet regulation standards’
      • ‘Both teams finished the regulation seven innings with three runs apiece.’
      • ‘Strict rules at secondary schools meant that girls had to keep their hair short or wear it tied back in ribbons of the regulation colour.’
      • ‘His ship's uniform was casual, allowing the crew some leeway in their dress, with regulation insignia as the only standard.’
      • ‘The match ended in a goal less draw in regulation time.’
      • ‘Only about 50 of our homes have been brought up to regulation standard with new windows, heating and doors.’
      • ‘The game remained tied at the end of regulation play, and went into a 10-minute sudden death overtime.’
      • ‘On the first day she had had her skirt to the regulation length and all other uniform on correctly.’
      • ‘Bands that mature and develop in Canada are also able to receive government funding for their projects and are promoted by radio regulation standards set by law.’
      • ‘She says it will be business as usual once all the regulation safety checks have been done.’
      • ‘Today's players throw at a cork board mounted at regulation height and divided into 20 wedges, each narrowing toward the bullseye.’
      • ‘Few schools had a special uniform for summer, so the girls remember having to go tramping in the heat in serge gym frocks and white blouses and regulation footwear.’
      • ‘When Jana emerged from the stall, she was tucking her white shirt into the regulation plaid skirt and was muttering harshly under her breath.’
      • ‘For jazz and tap classes, girls and boys generally are required to wear footless black tights over their regulation leotards.’
      • ‘All snipers carry not only the L96 but also a 5.56 mm regulation rifle.’
      official, prescribed, set, fixed, required, mandatory, compulsory, obligatory
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    2. 1.2informal as modifier Of a familiar or predictable type; formulaic; standardized.
      ‘a regulation Western parody’
      • ‘Anwar apparently rediscovered religion after the untimely death of his young daughter and since then sports a regulation beard.’
      • ‘The view in itself is so hedonistic and so filling that it often helps me forsake my regulation morning croissant.’
      • ‘Inside, four men are standing in a line across the stage, legs the regulation three feet apart, demonstrating an Olympic standard formation headbang.’
  • 2The action or process of regulating or being regulated.

    ‘the regulation of financial markets’
    • ‘The key theme of section two is the relationship between banking and financial regulation by the state.’
    • ‘There's a huge amount of regulation in the financial services world and the vast majority of it is sensibly based.’
    • ‘One of the risks of far-flung markets with poor regulation is a lack of dependable financial data.’
    • ‘The aim of the Tobacco Bill is to boost regulation and control of sale, marketing and smoking of tobacco.’
    • ‘Consequently, ‘We have to go back to regulation and a controlled system and force the market to do what we want’.’
    • ‘In addition to legal reforms there are changes in market regulation pertaining to the state monopolies.’
    • ‘The instrumental reason, which is probably the most important to regulators, is that excluding citizens from the advisory process may hamper regulation.’
    • ‘But how should the process of regulation be managed?’
    • ‘And such bodies should also be aware of the strength of public opinion on matters such as financial regulation and control.’
    • ‘In any case, heavy regulation of the equities market began after the crash.’
    • ‘There must be either voluntary or public regulation of the process to ensure that the first three conditions are met’
    • ‘It was a mistake to let ideological obsessions about the free market and lack of regulation govern economic policy.’
    • ‘As with any political process, regulation involves contests for power, and cultural forces and structures shape it.’
    • ‘To get a fuller picture of the process of regulation of the miliary economy, let us specify what we mean by this process.’
    • ‘As pointed out before, one of the reasons for wage inflexibility is labour market regulation.’
    • ‘The new era of mortgage regulation brings some important changes for consumers.’
    • ‘Major discrepancies in the two submissions were the areas of tuition regulation and financial support distribution.’
    • ‘The drug is known to affect the thought process and mood regulation, and recent evidence suggested it could destroy nerve cells at certain doses.’
    • ‘It is clear that its creation marks a milestone in the reform of Irish financial regulation, but it should be seen as the beginning of a process of reform rather than an end point.’
    • ‘How much regulation of financial services do we really need?’
    adjustment, control, management, balancing, setting, synchronization, modulation, tuning
    supervision, policing, overseeing, superintendence, monitoring, inspection, administration
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