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[reg-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing.
  1. to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.: to regulate household expenses.
  2. to adjust to some standard or requirement, as amount, degree, etc.: to regulate the temperature.
  3. to adjust so as to ensure accuracy of operation: to regulate a watch.
  4. to put in good order: to regulate the digestion.
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Origin of regulate

First recorded in 1620–30, regulate is from the Late Latin word rēgulātus (past participle of rēgulāre). See regula, -ate1
Related formsreg·u·la·tive [reg-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-tiv] /ˈrɛg yəˌleɪ tɪv, -yə lə tɪv/, reg·u·la·to·ry [reg-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɛg yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivereg·u·la·tive·ly, adverban·ti·reg·u·la·to·ry, adjectivemis·reg·u·late, verb (used with object), mis·reg·u·lat·ed, mis·reg·u·lat·ing.non·reg·u·lat·ed, adjectivenon·reg·u·la·tive, adjectivenon·reg·u·la·to·ry, adjectiveo·ver·reg·u·late, verb, o·ver·reg·u·lat·ed, o·ver·reg·u·lat·ing.pre·reg·u·late, verb (used with object), pre·reg·u·lat·ed, pre·reg·u·lat·ing.qua·si-reg·u·lat·ed, adjectivere·reg·u·late, verb (used with object), re·reg·u·lat·ed, re·reg·u·lat·ing.un·reg·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·reg·u·la·tive, adjectiveun·reg·u·la·to·ry, adjectivewell-reg·u·lat·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. rule, govern, manage, order, adjust, arrange, dispose, conduct. 2. set. 4. systematize.
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Examples from the Web for regulative

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The formal or regulative laws of religious thought occupy it.

    The Religious Sentiment

    Daniel G. Brinton


British Dictionary definitions for regulative

regulate

verb (tr)
  1. to adjust (the amount of heat, sound, etc, of something) as required; control
  2. to adjust (an instrument or appliance) so that it operates correctly
  3. to bring into conformity with a rule, principle, or usage
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Derived Formsregulative or regulatory, adjectiveregulatively, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin rēgulāre to control, from Latin rēgula a ruler
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Word Origin and History for regulative

regulate

v.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

regulative in Medicine

regulate

(rĕgyə-lāt′)
v.
  1. To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
  2. To adjust to a particular specification or requirement.
  3. To adjust a mechanism for accurate and proper functioning.
  4. To put or maintain in order.
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Related formsregu•la′tive null adj.regu•la′tor n.
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