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Noun
One of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure within a particular area of activity
“A broadway parish councillor is urging his fellow members to rethink a controversial new rule, which he feels limits a villager's opportunity to be heard.”
Noun
Control of or dominion over an area or people
“However, more than 500 years of Muslim rule in the area left a lasting legacy.”
Noun
The normal or customary state of things
“Nor does it rule out individual cases of badly managed towns; it just means they are the exception, rather than the rule.”
Noun
A principle that operates within a particular sphere of knowledge, describing or prescribing what is possible or allowable
“The first rule for controlling rose diseases is prevention.”
Verb
To restrain or control
“Although Polyneices is next in line to rule Thebes, Eteocles claims the throne for himself with the support of Creon and exiles his brother.”
Verb
Pronounce authoritatively and legally to be the case
“Contrary to submissions made by the plaintiff, I rule that the defendants are parties to the action.”
Verb
Be a dominant or powerful factor
“The Springboks continue to rule supreme as the world's rugby champions.”
Verb
“Mary ruled for only six years.”
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