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rule

noun

1 rule

A principle or condition that customarily governs behavior:
— It was his rule to take a walk before breakfast.

synonym: regulation.

Roget 963: legality; legitimacy, legitimateness.    legislature; law, code, corpus juris [Lat.], constitution, pandect, charter, enactment, statute, rule; canon ... show more

Roget 697: precept, direction, instruction, charge; prescript, prescription; recipe, receipt; golden rule; maxim etc. 496.    rule, canon, ... show more

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

Roget 466: measurement, admeasurement, mensuration, survey, valuation, appraisement, assessment, assize; estimate, estimation; dead reckoning, reckoning etc. ... show more

Roget 200: length, longitude, span; mileage; distance etc. 196.    line, bar, rule, stripe, streak, spoke, radius.    ... show more

Dutch: regel

2 rule

Something regarded as a normative example:
— Violence is the rule not the exception.

synonyms: convention, formula, normal, pattern.

Roget 136: frequency, oftness, oftenness, commonness; repetition etc. 104; normality etc. 80; example (conformity) 82; routine, ... show more

Roget 82: conformity, conformance; observance; habituation.    naturalization; conventionality etc. (custom) 613; agreement etc. 23.    example, instance, ... show more

Roget 80: normality, normalcy, normalness; familiarity, naturalness; commonness (frequency) 136; rule, standard (conformity) 82; customary (habit) ... show more

Dutch: conventie, formaliteit, formule, mores, regel
Polish: model, wzór, modła, paradygmat, wzorzec

3 rule

Prescribed guide for conduct or action.

synonym: prescript.

Dutch: voorschrift, reguleren, arrangeren, regelen, regel
Polish: rygory, obyczaje, zasada, norma

4 rule

linguistics A rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice.

synonym: linguistic rule.

5 rule

A basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct.

synonym: principle.

Polish: standard, reguła, prawidłowość

6 rule

The duration of a monarch's or government's power.

7 rule

Dominance or power through legal authority:
— The rule of Caesar.

synonym: dominion.

Roget 737a: government, legal authority, soveriegn, sovereign authority; authority etc. 737; master etc. 745; direction etc. 693.    [nations] ... show more

Dutch: heersen

8 rule

Directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted.

9 rule

Any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order.

10 rule

A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system:
— The right-hand rule for inductive fields.

synonym: principle.

11 rule

mathematics A standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems:
— He determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs.

synonym: formula.

Dutch: formule, voorschrift, regel

12 rule

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.

synonym: ruler.

Dutch: maat, maatlat, meetlat, scepter
Polish: linijka

verb

1 rule

Exercise authority over; as of nations.

synonym: govern.

Roget 693: direct, manage, govern, conduct; order, prescribe, cut out work for; bead, lead; lead the way, show the way; take the lead, lead on; regulate, ... show more

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

2 rule

Decide with authority.

synonym: decree.

3 rule

Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance.

synonyms: dominate, predominate, prevail, reign.

Dutch: beheersen, controleren, domineren, heersen, overheersen, prevaleren

4 rule

Decide on and make a declaration about.

synonym: find.

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

5 rule

Have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac.

6 rule

Mark or draw with a ruler.

7 rule

Keep in check:
— Rule one's temper.

synonyms: harness, rein.


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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