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Noun
A set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure
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“You must adhere to the rules or risk being disqualified.”
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Principles within a particular sphere of knowledge
“Listed below are the rules for the prevention of conflicts of interests of elected officials.”
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A set of conventions or moral principles governing behavior in a particular sphere
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“It is no longer enough for a receiver to merely catch the ball, as has been the rule for the last 120 years or so.”
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A system or set of beliefs or philosophies that one adheres to
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The practice or method of imposing strict rules of behavior on other people
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Fundamental truths or propositions that serve as the foundation for a system of belief, behavior or reasoning
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An established or official way of doing something
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A mathematical or symbolic expression or a rule or theory
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General or basic truths, concepts or ideas
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Bureaucratic or administrative rules
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Law of a government
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The process or act of teaching
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A fixed or restrictive rule or convention
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Plural for control of or dominion over an area or people
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“The centuries of rule by the dynasty has left a lasting legacy in the region.”
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Plural for a non-specific rule or principle that provides direction to action or behavior
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Plural for a condition or circumstance that puts one in a favorable position
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Plural for a principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided
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Plural for a long, narrow band or strip
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Plural for a limiting condition, rule or measure
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Plural for an essential or indispensable element, condition, or ingredient
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(of a person) Plural for the quality of having a high personal standing or status
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Plural for the fact or condition of being common, prevalent, or in the majority
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Plural for the action of entering and taking control of a building or land
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Plural for a legal sentence or punishment
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Plural for a long rigid piece of wood, metal, or similar material
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To govern or rule over
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“Although Polyneices is next in line to rule Thebes, Eteocles claims the throne for himself.”
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To restrain or have control over
“We cannot allow fear to rule our lives.”
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To be in power
“Mary Tudor, the first queen regnant of England, would rule from 1553 until her death in 1558.”
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To pronounce authoritatively and legally to be the case
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“Contrary to submissions made by the plaintiff, I rule that the defendants are parties to the action.”
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To be a dominant or powerful factor
“Pete Sampras would rule as the premier tennis player of the 90s.”
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To keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level
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“If you cannot rule your emotions, your emotions will rule you.”
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To instruct or order (someone) to do something
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To enact or establish legally or legislatively
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To control or determine the process or direction of
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To be impressive
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To limit, restrict, or inhibit
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To reach a decision or recommendation
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To be victorious, or to prove to be more powerful or superior
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To domineer with superior strength or force
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To reach a decision or recommendation
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To determine or dictate
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To remain valid or unaltered
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To emphasize, stress, or indicate the importance of
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To overcome or defeat
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