of what to do or not to do in a specific situation, issued by an appropriate person
or body. It clarifies, demarcates, or interprets a law
2.Statement that establishes a principle
, and serves
as a norm
for guiding or mandating action
. Rules may be divided into four general
categories: (1) Folklore: Unpublished rules that are conveyed by behavior
and are implicitly understood. (2) Guidelines
: Commonly published
and recommended practices
that allow some discretion
with their interpretation and use. (3) Mandates
: Published commands that may not be ignored in any circumstance and whose violation
is punished. (4) Policies: Published rules that imply a predicted behavior and whose violation may be permitted
or tolerated under certain circumstances.
Show more usage examples...
The rule of thumb is to hold the stock for the long term as this investment strategy has been a proven success.
It is always a good rule to treat people the way you want to be treated when making a business deal.
I got kicked out of the class for violating a rule that the teacher had made about not talking during a lesson.
Search for another term