Meaning of REGULATION in English



1. a rule

2. rules of acceptable behaviour


the law of a country or society : ↑ LAW

see also




1. a rule

▷ rule /ruːl/ [countable noun]

an instruction that says what people are allowed to do or not allowed to do, for example in a game, or in a school or organization :

▪ No one’s allowed to ride with the driver. That’s a company rule.

▪ It says in the rules that every child has to wear school uniform.

against the rules

not allowed by the rules

▪ It is strictly against the rules for athletes to take drugs.

break a rule

disobey it

▪ I have no sympathy for Jonson. He broke the rules and got caught, that’s all.

rules govern something

say how something should be done

▪ There have been some changes in the rules governing the use of safety equipment.

hard and fast rule

a definite fixed rule

▪ These are just guidelines, not hard and fast rules.

▷ regulation /ˌregjɑˈleɪʃ ə n/ [countable noun usually plural]

an official rule made by a government or organization, which is part of a set of rules :

▪ Under the new regulations, coach drivers must take a break every four hours.

building/planning/environmental regulations

▪ The building regulations are very strict about the materials you can use.

safety/fire regulations

▪ Safety regulations affecting dangerous fluids must be scrupulously observed.

comply with/conform to a regulation

be correct according to a regulation

▪ All cars sold in Germany must conform to the regulations laid down by the Federal Road Safety Board.

contravene/breach a regulation

formal do something that is forbidden by it

▪ Anyone who takes milk from an unhealthy cow will be contravening public health regulations.

▷ restriction /rɪˈstrɪkʃ ə n/ [countable noun usually plural]

an official rule that limits what people can do :

restriction on

▪ There are restrictions on what you can bring into the country. Alcohol, for example, is totally forbidden.

impose a restriction

bring it into operation

▪ The restrictions imposed by the censors make objective reporting of news impossible.

lift a restriction

stop it from operating

▪ Congress voted to lift trade restrictions against Iran.

travel/price/import restrictions

rules that limit the amount that someone can travel, how much something can cost etc

▪ For a while they tried using price restrictions as a way of controlling inflation.

▷ law /lɔː/ [countable noun usually plural]

one of the rules that say how a sport should be played :

▪ FIFA is the organization that runs world football and decides whether any of the laws should be changed.

law of

▪ the laws of cricket

▷ code /kəʊd/ [countable noun]

a set of rules that people or organizations agree to obey but are not forced to obey :

code of

▪ He will be dealt with under our code of discipline.

code of practice

rules saying what a particular type of organization should or should not do

▪ A new code of practice governing the advertising of tobacco products is being introduced.

code of conduct

rules saying how members of a profession should behave

▪ Hobbs had blatantly ignored the legal profession’s code of conduct.

moral/religious code

▪ people who follow some strict religious code

▷ rules and regulations /ˌruːlz ən regjɑˈleɪʃ ə nz/ [noun phrase]

a set of rules - use this when you think the rules are too detailed or cause unnecessary inconvenience :

▪ There were so many petty rules and regulations that some companies stopped trying to export their products.

2. rules of acceptable behaviour

▷ convention /kənˈvenʃ ə n/ [countable/uncountable noun]

the rules and customs of acceptable behaviour, which are generally accepted by the members of a group or society :

▪ He is a flamboyant millionaire who ignores social conventions.

convention of

▪ She shocked her neighbours by ignoring every convention of respectable society.

a matter of convention

▪ It is a matter of convention that male business people usually wear suits.

defy convention

do something unconventional

▪ For the next four years they defied convention by living as man and wife when they were not.

▷ protocol /ˈprəʊtəkɒlǁ-kɔːl/ [uncountable noun]

the system of rules for behaviour on official occasions :

▪ According to protocol, he was to arrive at the meeting exactly five minutes early.

breach of protocol

behaviour not according to protocol

▪ Touching the Queen was a breach of royal protocol.

▷ etiquette /ˈetɪketǁ-kət/ [uncountable noun]

the rules of polite behaviour in society or in a particular group :

▪ Etiquette is especially important on occasions such as weddings and funerals.

breach of etiquette

behaviour not according to etiquette

▪ It was considered a breach of etiquette to refuse an invitation.

professional etiquette

the etiquette followed by people working in a particular profession

▪ Professional etiquette dictates that judges should not express their opinions about a case in public.

▷ unwritten law /ˌʌnrɪtn ˈlɔː/ [countable noun]

a rule or way of behaving that is not official but is accepted by most members of a society or group :

▪ It was an unwritten law of the Mafia that nobody should talk to the police.

▪ Jobs like this never go to women -- it just seems to be one of those unwritten laws of business.

▷ netiquette /ˈnetɪket/ [uncountable noun] informal

the commonly accepted rules for polite behaviour when you are communicating with other people on the Internet :

▪ Sending an angry e-mail in capital letters breaks the rules of netiquette.

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