A principle or condition that customarily governs behavior:
— It was his rule to take a walk before breakfast.
Roget 613: habit, habitude; assuetude†, assuefaction†, wont; run, way. common state of things, general state of things, natural state of things, ordinary state of things, ordinary course of things, ordinary run of things; matter of course; ... show more
Something regarded as a normative example:
— Violence is the rule not the exception.
Dutch: conventie, formaliteit, formule, mores, regel
Polish: model, wzór, modła, paradygmat, wzorzec
Prescribed guide for conduct or action.
Dutch: voorschrift, reguleren, arrangeren, regelen, regel
Polish: norma, obyczaje, rygory, zasada
linguistics A rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice.
synonym: linguistic rule.
A basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct.
Polish: prawidłowość, reguła, standard
The duration of a monarch's or government's power.
Dominance or power through legal authority:
— The rule of Caesar.
Directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted.
Any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order.
A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system:
— The right-hand rule for inductive fields.
mathematics A standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems:
— He determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs.
Dutch: formule, regel, voorschrift
Measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths.
Dutch: maat, maatlat, meetlat, scepter
Exercise authority over; as of nations.
Roget 749: be subject etc. adj.; be at the mercy of, lie at the mercy of; depend upon, lean upon, hang upon; fall a prey to, fall under; play second fiddle. be a mere machine, be a puppet, ... show more
Roget 737a: govern, rule, have authority, hold authority, possess authority, exercise authority, exert authority, wield authority etc. n.; reign, be sovereign. [acquire authority] ascend the throne, ... show more
Dutch: bepalen, gebieden, heersen, leiden, overheersen, regelen, regeren
Decide with authority.
Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance.
Dutch: beheersen, controleren, domineren, heersen, overheersen, prevaleren
Decide on and make a declaration about.
Roget 480: judge, conclude; come to a conclusion, draw a conclusion, arrive at a conclusion; ascertain, determine, make up one's mind. deduce, derive, gather, collect, draw an inference, ... show more
Have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac.
Mark or draw with a ruler.
Moby thesaurus: Aristotelian sorites, Goclenian sorites, Procrustean law, SOP, T square, a priori truth, acme, act, act on, administration, antetype, antitype, apothegm, appointment, apriorism, archetype, as a rule, ascendancy, assize, authority ... show more.
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