- to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.: to regulate household expenses.
- to adjust to some standard or requirement, as amount, degree, etc.: to regulate the temperature.
- to adjust so as to ensure accuracy of operation: to regulate a watch.
- to put in good order: to regulate the digestion.
Origin of regulate
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Examples from the Web for regulative
That is 035using teleology as a regulative principle, in Kant's sense of the word.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
A regulative principle must, therefore, have been at the foundation of this opinion.The Critique of Pure Reason
Regulative training often calls for rousing words from the teacher.Outlines of Educational Doctrine
John Frederick Herbart
Though not constitutive, yet are they regulative principles.A History of Philosophy in Epitome
The formal or regulative laws of religious thought occupy it.The Religious Sentiment
Daniel G. Brinton
- to adjust (the amount of heat, sound, etc, of something) as required; control
- to adjust (an instrument or appliance) so that it operates correctly
- to bring into conformity with a rule, principle, or usage
Word Origin and History for regulative
early 15c., "adjust by rule, control," from Late Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare "to control by rule, direct," from Latin regula "rule" (see regular). Meaning "to govern by restriction" is from 1620s. Related: Regulated; regulating.
- To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
- To adjust to a particular specification or requirement.
- To adjust a mechanism for accurate and proper functioning.
- To put or maintain in order.