verb (used with object), reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing.
- regular verb,
- regular year,
- regulated tenancy,
- regulation t,
- regulation u,
Origin of regulate
Examples from the Web for regulative
At most it was thought to establish a schema of formal unity which might serve as a regulative ideal.
The psychological Idea, moreover, can signify nothing but the schema of a regulative principle.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
But the fact seems mainly "regulative" and of subordinate importance.Creative Intelligence|John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
Any one who considers this empirical manifestation will not complain of lack of material from which to construct a regulative art.Reconstruction in Philosophy|John Dewey
But it ought also to possess a general fundamental rule and regulative standard of truth, so far as this is attainable.The philosophy of life, and philosophy of language, in a course of lectures|Frederick von Schlegel
Word Origin for regulate
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.