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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
enforce a rule/regulation
▪ The rules are strictly enforced.
maze of rules/regulations etc
▪ a maze of new laws
relax rules/regulations/controls
▪ Hughes believes that immigration controls should not be relaxed.
rules and regulations
▪ The government keeps introducing more and more rules and regulations.
safety regulations (=rules designed to make something safe)
▪ She was sold an electric fire that broke all the safety regulations.
strict rules/regulations/guidelines
▪ There are strict rules and regulations regarding conduct.
▪ These orders, valid into the next century, carried few conditions when granted and would not meet current environmental regulations.
▪ They are historic issues that developed at a time when environmental regulations did not exist.
▪ For most industries, costs attributable to environmental regulations rarely exceed about 1.5 % of the total.
▪ But whatever the actual cost of environmental regulation may be, it is large and commands attention.
▪ Above all, the water companies may pass on to their customers any new costs caused by changes in environmental regulations.
▪ The space agency and its contractor switched supplies to comply with environmental regulations.
▪ The deregulatory approach under Gats also threatens universal access to public services, workers' rights, environmental regulations and public health.
▪ The Emissions Trading Policy marks a new chapter in flexibility in administrating federal regulations.
▪ Now our elected representatives are learning firsthand how petty and obnoxious federal regulation can be.
▪ Under the federal regulations, five thousand cattle were to be bought in the whole state of Wyoming.
▪ Then they turn around and holler against federal regulation in the marketplace.
▪ Under federal deposit insurance regulations, Rapaport agreed to guarantee that the thrift met federal net worth requirements.
▪ The administration and enforcement of federal laws and regulations necessarily are largely in the hands of staff and civil service employees.
▪ The federal regulations said the Soil Conservation man had to approve the damsite.
▪ Under the proposed federal regulation, Texas could not give beneficiaries more than two years to find a job.
▪ It could be described as the Fordist method of international political regulation.
▪ Any effective international regulation of nuclear weapons is bound to entail troublesome incursions challenging prerogatives of national sovereignty.
▪ This process involved the establishment of international laws and regulations covering prices, currency dealings and banking systems.
▪ But the lack of international regulations is derided by many practitioners.
▪ The second influence has been the expansion of international regulation into areas which were previously not regarded as within international competence.
▪ An international agency could monitor compliance with international arms regulations, such as those banning the military use of chemicals and bacteria.
▪ That the free market fails to do this and international regulations on corporations are necessary.
▪ The best way in which to get agreement on those matters is through international agreement and international regulation.
▪ At present, the use of such systems is not covered by any statutory regulations.
▪ They jointly chose to ignore their employer's orders and statutory safety regulations, by testing detonators without taking shelter.
▪ But it is governed in some detail by statutory requirements, and so is undeniably a system of statutory regulation.
▪ We know of no statutory regulations or taxpayer's rights.
▪ Such an offence might range from a minor breach of a statutory regulation to a major crime.
▪ Aims were defined, certain statutory regulations laid down and five officers elected for the first three-year term.
▪ It is clear then, that there are flaws in relying upon solely statutory regulation or self-regulation to regulate insider abuse.
▪ The business of pawnbrokers, which consists in lending money upon pledges of goods, is the subject of special statutory regulation.
▪ Fears about geriatric jets falling apart or out of the skies and stricter noise regulations force airlines to order replacements.
▪ He laid down a long series of strict rules and regulations regarding conduct.
▪ He says we have strict rules and regulations and the flying safety committee make sure they're administered.
▪ In response to heavy recreational use, the Forest Service issued strict new regulations a year ago.
▪ It has been forced to reveal itself due to strict new regulations for healthier office environments and appears quite harmless!
▪ This would be subject to strict regulation and only banks would have access to deposit insurance.
▪ Do not be misled by thinking that this is either because of strict conformity or regulations laid down.
▪ Existing Trees To comply with strict building regulations, a discreet garden shed was required.
▪ Until recently company law, with its relative freedom from stringent regulations, reflected this national belief.
▪ The regulations of the states may be more stringent than federal regulations.
▪ The state has some of the most stringent air quality regulations in the world.
▪ Edward Heath's Conservative government adopted stringent regulations to restrict increases in wages.
▪ In the latter year more stringent regulations reduced the flow, but has not ended it.
▪ Some conversions that were done a long time ago would not pass today's stringent building regulations.
▪ Here the tribunal is the decision-making instrument chosen by government for the implementation of some scheme of government regulation.
▪ Many reasons have been advanced to justify government regulation each time a new medium has come along.
▪ The price of competitive development was overbuilding, which in other countries had been controlled by government regulation.
▪ Microeconomic systems of government regulations have to be harmonized.
▪ Dertouzos called for government regulation to prevent the linking of databases containing personal information without certain safeguards.
▪ Perhaps they will excel at struggling through the maze of government regulations and prosper in the concrete and paper jungles of commerce.
▪ And he warned that if companies failed to address corporate accountability the market regulation it proposed could be replaced by Government regulation.
▪ This can result from government regulation or from other natural barriers.
▪ Cherwell Council is now trying to close the kennels under planning regulations.
▪ Businessman John Foy and his wife Sally have been told the Pounds 250,000 house must go because it flouts planning regulations.
▪ Businesses operate within such a framework; they must observe planning regulations and comply with employment legislation.
▪ But the council says it's breaking planning regulations.
▪ Tewkesbury Borough Council says it has a duty to uphold planning regulations.
▪ Externally, walls can be of rendering, timber, brick, tile hung or stone - according to taste and planning regulations.
▪ They jointly chose to ignore their employer's orders and statutory safety regulations, by testing detonators without taking shelter.
▪ Under safety regulations, no jockey was allowed to ride in a race within one week of being concussed.
▪ Sandhogs are murdered, both directly and because safety regulations have been abandoned in the tunnel.
▪ Economists have long been calling for safety regulations to be subject to cost-benefit analysis.
▪ Most of those surveyed also said gun manufacturers should be subjected to consumer safety regulations.
▪ Thus they will displace those firms that finance the social security systems, and will undermine established safety regulations.
▪ In the developed world we need to crack down hard on workplaces that break health and safety regulations.
▪ The proposed legislation appeared to mark a stronger move towards direct state regulation of sexuality.
▪ Jody is not interested in hearing about loyalty or state regulations.
▪ Unseemly, internecine brawls, however, will be more likely to result in some form of state regulation.
▪ Objective: higher profits from minimal state regulation of the production and sale of drugs, except for regulation of quality.
▪ Political pressure for these latter proposals came from the police themselves, who now formed a strong lobby for increased state regulation.
▪ Accordingly, Congress simply lacks power under the Commerce Clause to displace state regulation of this kind.
▪ Instead, agencies find they must tread a tricky path between the competing claims of state regulation and free enterprise.
▪ And new state regulations restrict some of the most odious insurance practices.
▪ There were difficulties enforcing regulations at the Colombo slaughterhouse.
▪ It is even harder to enforce the regulations.
▪ The Government hopes it will help councils enforce hygiene regulations.
▪ They contend that the commissioner is required by law to enforce the anti-redlining regulation, regardless of personal preference.
▪ Shell argues that rather than introducing new requirements of dubious value, governments should enforce existing regulations to force sub-standard ships out of business.
▪ It should have enforced its post-1986 regulations more effectively.
▪ Every precaution will be taken to enforce regulations, traceability and labelling.
▪ The work of regulatory agencies was also undermined by budget cuts and a concerted unwillingness to enforce existing regulations.
▪ A requirement imposed by regulations shall not apply to any follower of the Sikh religion while he is wearing a turban.
▪ The bureaucrats imposed rules and regulations on big business.
▪ By last year the crisis had reached such proportions that Southern California introduced radical new regulations to control air pollution.
▪ We make no apology for introducing regulations designed to ensure a fair, healthy and secure society.
▪ Already, in the past year, Lloyds has introduced regulations requiring actuarial certification in certain specific circumstances.
▪ Governments should not interfere by introducing a host of regulations, investigatory bodies, or state-run enterprises.
▪ Greenways will introduce revolutionary new traffic regulations, setting out what can be done, as opposed to what is prohibited.
▪ The government has just introduced new regulations about the tread on car tyres.
▪ Legislation will be introduced to reinforce the regulation of privatised utilities.
▪ The turbo itself muffles the bike's noise enough to make it road-legal under relaxed U.S. noise regulations.
▪ Greater competition would require less regulation, but that will have to wait until after the election.
▪ This principle alone required institutional arrangements, regulation and supervision.
▪ And Britain, though liberal, accepts that markets require regulation.
▪ That clearly requires regulations that are different from censorship.
▪ Externalities requiring the regulation of safety and noise can be treated separately from competition policy.
▪ What is sometimes not appreciated is that privatisation of provision and finance requires extra regulation.
▪ All cars sold in Germany must conform to the regulations laid down by the Federal Road Safety Board.
▪ Anyone who takes milk from an unhealthy cow will be contravening public health regulations.
▪ Safety regulations affecting dangerous fluids must be scrupulously observed.
▪ Some reforms have been made in the regulation of childcare.
▪ The building regulations are very strict about the materials you can use.
▪ Under the new regulations, coach drivers must take a break every four hours.
▪ But now that governments are reducing the regulations that alliances circumvented, the alliances are being undermined.
▪ I was doing a senior thesis in college on cable television economic law and all the regulations related thereto.
▪ Instead, they said businesses would be allowed to take regulators to court if they found regulations too onerous.
▪ Most are offshore financial centres also targeted by international watchdogs for loose banking regulation and harmful tax practices.
▪ Obviously the effectiveness of these proposals depends on how the government chooses to enforce the regulations.
▪ Paradoxically, third parties dealing with an international organisation may feel secure despite the lack of legal regulation.
▪ The aggregate amount paid out under these schemes may be limited to an amount specified in the regulations.
▪ Under the new regulations, local representatives with power to enforce presidential and parliamentary decrees would be appointed.
▪ a regulation nine-hole golf course
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Regulation \Reg`u*la"tion\ (-l?"sh?n), n.

  1. The act of regulating, or the state of being regulated.

    The temper and regulation of our own minds.

  2. A rule or order prescribed for management or government; prescription; a regulating principle; a governing direction; precept; law; as, the regulations of a society or a school.

    Regulation sword, cap, uniform, etc. (Mil.), a sword, cap, uniform, etc., of the kind or quality prescribed by the official regulations.

    Syn: Law; rule; method; principle; order; precept. See Law.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1670s, "act of regulating; state of being reduced to order," noun of action from regulate. Meaning "rule for management" is from 1715. Related: Regulations.


a. In conformity with applicable rules and regulations. n. 1 (context uncountable English) The act of regulate or the condition of being regulated. 2 (context countable English) A law or administrative rule, issued by an organization, used to guide or prescribe the conduct of members of that organization.

  1. adj. prescribed by or according to regulation; "regulation army equipment"

  2. n. an authoritative rule [syn: ordinance]

  3. a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation" [syn: rule]

  4. the state of being controlled or governed

  5. (embryology) the ability of an early embryo to continue normal development after its structure has been somehow damaged or altered

  6. the act of bringing to uniformity; making regular [syn: regularization, regularisation]

  7. the act of controlling or directing according to rule; "fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians" [syn: regulating]


Regulation is an abstract concept of management of complex systems according to a set of rules and trends. In systems theory, these types of rules exist in various fields of biology and society, but the term has slightly different meanings according to context. For example:

  • in biology, gene regulation allows living organisms to adapt to their environment and maintain homeostasis
  • in government, typically a regulation specifically means a piece of delegated legislation drafted by subject matter experts to enforce a statutory instrument ( primary legislation)
  • in business, industry self-regulation occurs through self-regulatory organizations and trade associations which allow industries to set rules with less government involvement
  • in psychology, self-regulation theory is the study of how individuals regulate their thoughts and behaviors to reach goals
Regulation (European Union)

A regulation is a legal act of the European Union that becomes immediately enforceable as law in all member states simultaneously. Regulations can be distinguished from directives which, at least in principle, need to be transposed into national law. Regulations can be adopted by means of a variety of legislative procedures depending on their subject matter.

Regulation (Brussels)

Regulation in Belgium refers to legislation passed by the Brussels Parliament in exercise of its agglomeration competences and by the Common Community Commission in certain cases.

Regulation (magazine)

Regulation is a quarterly periodical about policy published by the Cato Institute. It was started as a bimonthly magazine in 1977 by the American Enterprise Institute and acquired by Cato in 1989. Past editors have included former Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, Murray Weidenbaum, Christopher DeMuth, Walter Olson, and Peter Huber. Peter Van Doren has edited the magazine since 1999.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the magazine was pivotal in promoting deregulation and the importance of cost–benefit analysis.

Regulation (disambiguation)

Regulation may refer to:

  • Regulation of the polity, economy and society
  • Regulation (European Union), a legislative instrument of the European Community
  • Regulation (magazine), a magazine published by the Cato Institute
  • Regulation, delegated legislation
  • Regulation, a class of statutory instrument
  • Regulation of gene expression, the biological process where genes are selectively expressed
  • (in engineering) Voltage regulation, the accuracy with which a device output matches the nominal value
    • (most commonly) under varying load conditions ( load regulation), or
    • as the input value changes ( line regulation)
  • Economic regulation

Usage examples of "regulation".

He was therefore accommodated with a second-hand suit and another shirt, and at once listed under the banners of Count Fathom, who spent the whole afternoon in giving him proper instructions for the regulation of his conduct.

In opposition to Gnosticism and Marcionitism, the main articles forming the estate and possession of orthodox Christianity were raised to the rank of apostolic regulations and laws, and thereby placed beyond all discussion and assault.

Beaufort, Port Royal, and New Orleans shall so far cease and determine, from and after the first day of June next, that commercial intercourse with those ports, except as to persons, things, and information contraband of war, may from that time be carried on, subject to the laws of the United States, and to the limitations and in pursuance of the regulations which are prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury in his order of this date, which is appended to this proclamation.

Alexandria shall so far cease and determine, from and after this date, that commercial intercourse with said port, except as to persons, things, and information contraband of war, may from this date be carried on, subject to the laws of the United States, and to the limitations and in pursuance of the regulations which are prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury in his order which is appended to my proclamation of the 12th of May, 1862.

Boschock III, known as Paradise, and entitled to all the rights and privileges appertaining thereto, and subject to all the laws, regulations, and customs thereof, so help you God, Amen.

They had the power to fine citizens and non-citizens alike for infringements of any regulation appertaining to any of the above, and deposited the moneys in their coffers to help fund the games.

The dairy company demurred to the regulation on the ground of its applying to milk produced and sold intrastate.

Court sustained the State in applying to motor-driven tugs operating in navigable waters of the United States legislation which provided for the inspection and regulation of every vessel operated by machinery if the same was not subject to inspection under the laws of the United States.

United States is exclusively a case of statutory construction, it is significant from a constitutional point of view in that its reasoning is contrary to that of earlier cases narrowly construing the act of 1831 and asserting broad inherent powers of courts to punish contempts independently of and contrary to Congressional regulation of this power.

One of these regulations was, that no man coming into any given district or county within the control assumed by the associating parties, should be allowed to work without previously paying five pounds sterling, to be applied to the funds of the association.

Nutritious diet, frequent alkaline baths to keep the skin in good condition and favor excretion through its pores, and a general hygienic regulation of the daily habits, are of the greatest importance.

APPENDIX VI THE REGULATION OF EXPERIMENTATION ON HUMAN BEINGS A Bill for the REGULATION of the practice of experimentation upon human beings in the District of Columbia and elsewhere has been drawn, and will shortly be introduced in the Senate of the United States.

A Bill for the Regulation of Scientific Experimentation upon Human Beings in the District of Columbia and in the Territories and Dependencies of the United States.

When that time comes, and we believe it is not far distant, some legal regulation of animal experimentation will be had.

Finally, he desired them to consider of some proper regulations for preventing the exportation of corn, and for more effectual methods to man the fleet at this conjuncture.