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Synonyms for guideline

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. guideline(noun)

    a light line that is used in lettering to help align the letters

    road map, rule of thumb, guidepost

  2. road map, guideline(noun)

    a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action

    "the president said he had a road map for normalizing relations with Vietnam"

    road map, rule of thumb, guidepost

  3. guidepost, guideline, rule of thumb(noun)

    a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior

    rule of thumb, road map, guidepost, signpost


  1. guideline(noun)

    A non-specific rule or principle that provides direction to action or behaviour.

    He considered the Ten Commandments more a guideline than a requirement.

    rule of thumb

  2. guideline(noun)

    A plan or explanation to guide one in setting standards or determining a course of action.

    rule of thumb

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "guideline":

    directive, guidelines, guidance, orientation, recommendation, direction, guide, norms, directives

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How to use guideline in a sentence?

  1. Richard Wender:

    If this becomes the final guideline, coverage of mammograms would no longer be mandated under the ACA.

  2. Anita Hill:

    The implementation of this guideline marks an important first step in communicating appropriate industry standards for professional practices.

  3. Richard Wender:

    Screening guidelines will constantly change in response to the emergence of new evidence. This is a good thing. As we learn more, we can refine guidelines based on new information. That's why it's important to keep updating guidelines. Groups are asked to balance the risks and benefits of a screening test, ultimately, there is no perfect answer. Guideline groups must bring their own values into the recommendation. Breast cancer is a good example.

  4. Jay Stanley:

    Do we want to be in a world where machine security guards are watching our every move and blowing the whistle on every petty violation of every law, rule, statute or guideline? that's potentially a nightmare vision.

  5. Ken Loo:

    We are banding together to create ...standard conditions, no one is under any obligations to abide by these terms but we hope it will be a guideline for all buyers and suppliers.

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