- 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 unregulated
Instead of dousing the wild blazes of unregulated capitalism, regulatory policy can pour fuel on the fire.The Best Regulator? That’s Easy. It’s the Market.
Veronique de Rugy
October 16, 2014
Unregulated consumption is the prevailing attitude when it comes to the Internet.Porn Fights For Your Right to Surf: Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube Lead Charge For Net Neutrality
September 13, 2014
Until recently, Thailand was one of the most unregulated locales for commercial surrogacy.The Wild, Wild West of Thai Surrogacy
August 7, 2014
A new book about Victorian-era London reminds us that unregulated, disorderly places grow into great metropolises.Great Cities are Born Filthy
July 13, 2014
Experts say petty crime rate in Japan may possibly increase when organized crime members go underground and unregulated.Where Have Japan’s Yakuza Gone?
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
March 9, 2014
The freethinker is liable to the danger of an unregulated, dissolute life.The Essence of Christianity
You have been yourself describing the influence of these unregulated likings.The Galaxy, May, 1877
They had begun to question the unregulated descent of favors from the top.Behind the Mirrors
Clinton W. Gilbert
And I'd like to know what you mean, ma'am, by unregulated marriage.What Not
They remove from the performance all suggestions of unregulated caprice.Public Speaking
- not regulated; uncontrolled
- 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 unregulated
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.