- (uncountable) The act of regulating or the condition of being regulated.
- (countable) A law or administrative rule, issued by an organization, used to guide or prescribe the conduct of members of that organization.
- 2013 May 17, George Monbiot, “Money just makes the rich suffer”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 23, page 19:
- In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. […] The public realm is privatised, the regulations restraining the ultra-wealthy and the companies they control are abandoned, and Edwardian levels of inequality are almost fetishised.
- Army regulations state a soldier AWOL over 30 days is a deserter.
- (European Union law) A form of legislative act which is self-effecting, and requires no further intervention by the Member States to become law.
- (genetics) Mechanism controlling DNA transcription.
- (medicine) Physiological process which consists in maintaining homoeostasis.
act or condition
law or administrative rule
EU: self-effecting legislative act
mechanism controling DNA transcription
physiological process maintaining homœostasis
regulation (not comparable)
- In conformity with applicable rules and regulations.
- 1969, Thomas Wiseman, The Quick and the Dead, page 328:
- It is regulation that these directives are to be destroyed on receipt.
- 2004, Marc Miller, The Kettles and the Keeps: Ghosts at War, page 88:
- "The hat is regulation as well, I assume."
- 2007, Jim Butcher, Captain's Fury, page 48:
- It is the responsibility of every legionare to be sure that he is regulation height as well.
- regulation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- regulation in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.