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Synonyms for rule

Synonyms for rule

the act of exercising controlling power or the condition of being so controlled

the continuous exercise of authority over a political unit

a system by which a political unit is controlled

a principle governing affairs within or among political units

a code or set of codes governing action or procedure, for example

a regular or customary matter, condition, or course of events

to exercise authority or influence over

to exercise the authority of a sovereign

to command or issue commands in an arrogant manner

to occupy the preeminent position in

to make a decision about (a controversy or dispute, for example) after deliberation, as in a court of law

rule out: to prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action

rule out: to keep from being admitted, included, or considered

Synonyms for rule

something regarded as a normative example

a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct

the duration of a monarch's or government's power

directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted

any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order

(mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems

measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths

exercise authority over

be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

decide on and make a declaration about

Synonyms

have an affinity with

mark or draw with a ruler

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It is a fundamental principle of the proposed Constitution, that as the aggregate number of representatives allotted to the several States is to be determined by a federal rule, founded on the aggregate number of inhabitants, so the right of choosing this allotted number in each State is to be exercised by such part of the inhabitants as the State itself may designate.
Were the rule to decide their share of taxation alone, a contrary temptation would prevail.
for it seems perhaps difficult to conceive that any one should have had enough of impudence to lay down dogmatical rules in any art or science without the least foundation.
The critic, rightly considered, is no more than the clerk, whose office it is to transcribe the rules and laws laid down by those great judges whose vast strength of genius hath placed them in the light of legislators, in the several sciences over which they presided.
Because men, when they receive good from him of whom they were expecting evil, are bound more closely to their benefactor; thus the people quickly become more devoted to him than if he had been raised to the principality by their favours; and the prince can win their affections in many ways, but as these vary according to the circumstances one cannot give fixed rules, so I omit them; but, I repeat, it is necessary for a prince to have the people friendly, otherwise he has no security in adversity.
Glinda the Good, who rules the Quadlings, sent her home again," said the boy.
How long did you rule the Emerald City, after I left here?
But now that each of them has had what he most desired, and each is happy in having a kingdom to rule besides, I think I should like to go back to Kansas.
Several other singular rules could be given from Gartner: for instance, some species have a remarkable power of crossing with other species; other species of the same genus have a remarkable power of impressing their likeness on their hybrid offspring; but these two powers do not at all necessarily go together.
Considering the several rules now given, which govern the fertility of first crosses and of hybrids, we see that when forms, which must be considered as good and distinct species, are united, their fertility graduates from zero to perfect fertility, or even to fertility under certain conditions in excess.
Now do these complex and singular rules indicate that species have been endowed with sterility simply to prevent their becoming confounded in nature?
The foregoing rules and facts, on the other hand, appear to me clearly to indicate that the sterility both of first crosses and of hybrids is simply incidental or dependent on unknown differences, chiefly in the reproductive systems, of the species which are crossed.
Let us imagine two men who have come out to fight a duel with rapiers according to all the rules of the art of fencing.
The fencer who demanded a contest according to the rules of fencing was the French army; his opponent who threw away the rapier and snatched up the cudgel was the Russian people; those who try to explain the matter according to the rules of fencing are the historians who have described the event.
The burning of towns and villages, the retreats after battles, the blow dealt at Borodino and the renewed retreat, the burning of Moscow, the capture of marauders, the seizure of transports, and the guerrilla war were all departures from the rules.