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Meaning & Definition of Rule in English

English

Rule

/rul/

noun

1. A principle or condition that customarily governs behavior

  • "It was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"
  • "Short haircuts were the regulation"
    synonym:
  • rule
  • ,
  • regulation

2. Something regarded as a normative example

  • "The convention of not naming the main character"
  • "Violence is the rule not the exception"
  • "His formula for impressing visitors"
    synonym:
  • convention
  • ,
  • normal
  • ,
  • pattern
  • ,
  • rule
  • ,
  • formula

3. Prescribed guide for conduct or action

    synonym:
  • rule
  • ,
  • prescript

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

    synonym:
  • rule
  • ,
  • linguistic rule

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

  • "Their principles of composition characterized all their works"
    synonym:
  • principle
  • ,
  • rule

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

  • "During the rule of elizabeth"
    synonym:
  • rule

7. Dominance or power through legal authority

  • "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of africa"
  • "The rule of caesar"
    synonym:
  • dominion
  • ,
  • rule

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

  • "He knew the rules of chess"
    synonym:
  • rule

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

  • "The rule of st. dominic"
    synonym:
  • rule

10. A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system

  • "The principle of the conservation of mass"
  • "The principle of jet propulsion"
  • "The right-hand rule for inductive fields"
    synonym:
  • principle
  • ,
  • rule

11. (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems

  • "He determined the upper bound with descartes' rule of signs"
  • "He gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
    synonym:
  • rule
  • ,
  • formula

12. 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:
  • rule
  • ,
  • ruler

verb

1. Exercise authority over

  • As of nations
  • "Who is governing the country now?"
    synonym:
  • govern
  • ,
  • rule

2. Decide with authority

  • "The king decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
    synonym:
  • rule
  • ,
  • decree

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

  • "Money reigns supreme here"
  • "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
    synonym:
  • predominate
  • ,
  • dominate
  • ,
  • rule
  • ,
  • reign
  • ,
  • prevail

4. Decide on and make a declaration about

  • "Find someone guilty"
    synonym:
  • rule
  • ,
  • find

5. Have an affinity with

  • Of signs of the zodiac
    synonym:
  • rule

6. Mark or draw with a ruler

  • "Rule the margins"
    synonym:
  • rule

7. Keep in check

  • "Rule one's temper"
    synonym:
  • rule
  • ,
  • harness
  • ,
  • rein

Examples of using

As a rule, I don't drink.
I will now explain this rule to you.
It's the rule, not the exception.