What does regulation mean?

Definitions for regulation
ˌrɛg yəˈleɪ ʃənreg·u·la·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word regulation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. regulation, ordinancenoun

    an authoritative rule

  2. rule, regulationnoun

    a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior

    "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"

  3. regulationnoun

    the state of being controlled or governed

  4. regulationnoun

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

  5. regulation, regularization, regularisationnoun

    the act of bringing to uniformity; making regular

  6. regulation, regulatingadjective

    the act of controlling or directing according to rule

    "fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians"

  7. regulationadjective

    prescribed by or according to regulation

    "regulation army equipment"


  1. regulationnoun

    The act of regulating or the condition of being regulated.

  2. regulationnoun

    A law or administrative rule, issued by an organization, used to guide or prescribe the conduct of members of that organization.

    Army regulations state a soldier AWOL over 30 days is a deserter.

  3. regulationnoun

    A form of legislative act which is self-effecting, and requires no further intervention by the Member States to become law.

  4. regulationadjective

    In conformity with applicable rules and regulations.

  5. Etymology: From *, from regulare; see regulate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Regulationnoun

    Etymology: from regulate.

    Being but stupid matter, they cannot continue any regular and constant motion, without the guidance and regulation of some intelligent being. John Ray, on the Creation.


  1. regulation

    Regulation refers to a rule or directive set and maintained by an authority to govern or control a practice, behavior, or system. These can be enacted by government bodies, industries, or organizations to ensure safety, fairness, compliance with laws, or efficient operation. Regulations can be found in various sectors including finance, education, healthcare, and environment among others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regulationnoun

    the act of regulating, or the state of being regulated

  2. Regulationnoun

    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


  1. Regulation

    Regulation may refer to the following: ⁕A process of the promulgation, monitoring, and enforcement of rules, established by primary and/or delegated legislation. ⁕A written instrument containing rules having the force of law. Regulation creates, limits, or constrains a right, creates or limits a duty, or allocates a responsibility. Regulation can take many forms: legal restrictions promulgated by a government authority, contractual obligations that bind many parties, self-regulation by an industry such as through a trade association, social regulation, co-regulation, third-party regulation, certification, accreditation or market regulation. In its legal sense regulation can and should be distinguished from primary legislation on the one hand and judge-made law on the other. Regulation mandated by a state attempts to produce outcomes which might not otherwise occur, produce or prevent outcomes in different places to what might otherwise occur, or produce or prevent outcomes in different timescales than would otherwise occur. In this way, regulations can be seen as implementation artifacts of policy statements. Common examples of regulation include controls on market entries, prices, wages, development approvals, pollution effects, employment for certain people in certain industries, standards of production for certain goods, the military forces and services. The economics of imposing or removing regulations relating to markets is analysed in regulatory economics.

Editors Contribution

  1. regulation

    A rule, order or type of legislation created.

    Some sectors of society require regulation for a period to enable learning, now this has changed to self-assessment.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

  2. regulation

    The body or mind of an animal or human being to intuitively and naturally adjust the functioning or flow of a structure or system within the body, brain, mind, subconscious, conscience or consciousness to ensure optimum health, right to life, stability and balance.

    The body has its natural regulation system, as it is energy, the energy flows efficiently through all its systems.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 2, 2020  

  3. regulationverb

    Verb form of the word regulate.

    The body of an animal and human has it's natural way of regulation to ensure it has balance, health and harmony

    Submitted by MaryC on April 2, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'regulation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3708

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'regulation' in Nouns Frequency: #691

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of regulation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of regulation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of regulation in a Sentence

  1. The KOC:

    The regulation for the selection of national team representatives was made with the aim of demanding a high level of morality of our national team athletes and considering the dignity required of a public figure, doping is against the fair play spirit, a basic requirement of athletes, and we decided that a rigorous response was needed for educational purposes to young athletes.

  2. Mark Zuckerberg:

    But in order for people to trust the internet overall and overtime, there needs to be the right regulation put in place, and I think the best way for that to get put in place is by governments like this one that are being thoughtful and diligent about how to do this.

  3. Getachew Belay:

    The real issue seems to me is lack of capacity, both physical and human, to enforce regulation, thus attitude is changing from 'rejection' to a kind of 'wait until we have capacity to regulate!'.

  4. Donald Trump:

    More competition and less regulation will finally bring down the cost of care, and I think it will bring it down significantly. Unfortunately, it takes a while to get there because you have to let that marketplace kick in, it's going to take a little while to get there.

  5. Patrick Morrisey:

    The Supreme Court appropriately recognized that the Constitution affords states the right to make reasonable voting regulations, we must work to protect the integrity of elections. It should only be in rare instances that federal law strikes down a state voting regulation, and the Supreme Court was correct in finding that Arizona’s law was not one of those instances.

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