What does regulation mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. regulation, ordinance(noun)

    an authoritative rule

  2. rule, regulation(noun)

    a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior

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

  3. regulation(noun)

    the state of being controlled or governed

  4. regulation(noun)

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

  5. regulation, regularization, regularisation(noun)

    the act of bringing to uniformity; making regular

  6. regulation, regulating(adj)

    the act of controlling or directing according to rule

    "fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians"

  7. regulation(adj)

    prescribed by or according to regulation

    "regulation army equipment"


  1. regulation(Noun)

    The act of regulating or the condition of being regulated.

    Etymology: From *, from regulare; see regulate.

  2. regulation(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From *, from regulare; see regulate.

  3. regulation(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From *, from regulare; see regulate.

  4. regulation(Adjective)

    In conformity with applicable rules and regulations.

    Etymology: From *, from regulare; see regulate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regulation(noun)

    the act of regulating, or the state of being regulated

  2. Regulation(noun)

    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. regulation

    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. United States:

    United States regulators are not that savvy as far as financial services are concerned, they've either been oblivious on regulation, or incredibly strict.

  2. Michi Shinohara:

    Regulation of tattoo parlors and tattoo artists is left to the states, and the requirements for operating vary widely from very minimal (bloodborne pathogen training) to fairly complex (hundreds of hours of apprenticeship).

  3. Chris Bryant:

    He has a perfect right to a private life but as soon as he knew this he should have withdrawn from all regulation of the press.

  4. Shirley Cramer:

    Their claims of 'commitment to a smoke-free future' might be more believable were they not continuing to aggressively advertise Marlboro across the developing world, where tobacco regulation is regrettably far laxer than in the UK.

  5. Ashish Pujari:

    China's growth in the chemicals industry has been extremely rapid in the last 15 years or so. It's grown from being a major importer to being a major producer of almost every single petrochemical you can think of today, there are producers who are known to cut corners, in terms of regulation. There are very blatant examples of people constructing plants and almost getting into production even before the whole project has been approved.

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