[ reg-yuh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ˌrɛg yəˈleɪ ʃən /



prescribed by or conforming to regulation: regulation army equipment.
usual; normal; customary: the regulation decorations for a Halloween party.

Nearby words

  1. regularity,
  2. regularize,
  3. regularly,
  4. regulate,
  5. regulated tenancy,
  6. regulation t,
  7. regulation u,
  8. regulative,
  9. regulator,
  10. regulator gene

Origin of regulation

First recorded in 1665–75; regulate + -ion

SYNONYMS FOR regulation
Related formsnon·reg·u·la·tion, nouno·ver·reg·u·la·tion, nounre·reg·u·la·tion, nounsu·per·reg·u·la·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for overregulation


/ (ˌrɛɡjʊˈleɪʃən) /


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Word Origin and History for overregulation



1670s, "act of regulating; state of being reduced to order," noun of action from regulate. Meaning "rule for management" is from 1715. Related: Regulations.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for overregulation


[ rĕg′yə-lāshən ]


The act of regulating or the state of being regulated.
A principle, rule, or law designed to control or govern conduct.
A governmental order having the force of law.
The capacity of an embryo to continue normal development following injury to or alteration of a structure.

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Culture definitions for overregulation


Laws through which governments can control privately owned businesses.

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