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Synonyms for rule
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rule, regulation(noun)

    a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior

    "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"

    Synonyms:
    convention, regulation, normal, regularization, ordinance, principle, regularisation, ruler, prescript, pattern, formula, linguistic rule, regulating, dominion

  2. convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula(noun)

    something regarded as a normative example

    "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"

    Synonyms:
    form, expression, ruler, practice, regulation, radiation diagram, formula, dominion, principle, figure, approach pattern, chemical formula, linguistic rule, shape, radiation pattern, prescript, blueprint, traffic pattern, conventionalism, conventionality, recipe, pattern, convening, convention, design, normal

  3. rule, prescript(noun)

    prescribed guide for conduct or action

    Synonyms:
    convention, regulation, normal, principle, ruler, prescript, pattern, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  4. rule, linguistic rule(noun)

    (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice

    Synonyms:
    convention, regulation, normal, principle, ruler, prescript, pattern, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  5. principle, rule(noun)

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

    "their principles of composition characterized all their works"

    Synonyms:
    precept, rationale, convention, normal, pattern, principle, ruler, prescript, regulation, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  6. rule(noun)

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

    "during the rule of Elizabeth"

    Synonyms:
    convention, regulation, normal, principle, ruler, prescript, pattern, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  7. dominion, rule(noun)

    dominance or power through legal authority

    "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"

    Synonyms:
    principle, convention, normal, territory, pattern, territorial dominion, ruler, prescript, district, regulation, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  8. rule(noun)

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

    "he knew the rules of chess"

    Synonyms:
    convention, regulation, normal, principle, ruler, prescript, pattern, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  9. rule(noun)

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

    "the rule of St. Dominic"

    Synonyms:
    convention, regulation, normal, principle, ruler, prescript, pattern, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  10. principle, rule(noun)

    a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system

    "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"

    Synonyms:
    precept, rationale, convention, normal, pattern, principle, ruler, prescript, regulation, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  11. rule, formula(noun)

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

    "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"

    Synonyms:
    convention, regulation, normal, principle, chemical formula, ruler, prescript, pattern, formula, expression, linguistic rule, recipe, dominion

  12. rule, ruler(verb)

    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

    Synonyms:
    convention, regulation, normal, principle, ruler, prescript, pattern, swayer, formula, linguistic rule, dominion

  13. govern, rule(verb)

    exercise authority over; as of nations

    "Who is governing the country now?"

    Synonyms:
    reign, rein, predominate, regularize, harness, dominate, find, order, prevail, govern, decree, regulate, regularise

  14. rule, decree(verb)

    decide with authority

    "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"

    Synonyms:
    find, predominate, harness, dominate, prevail, govern, decree, reign, rein

  15. predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevail(verb)

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

    "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"

    Synonyms:
    eclipse, govern, dominate, reign, predominate, rein, endure, overshadow, hold, overtop, overlook, run, prevail, obtain, hulk, harness, loom, find, tower, command, persist, triumph, decree, master, die hard

  16. rule, find(verb)

    decide on and make a declaration about

    "find someone guilty"

    Synonyms:
    line up, detect, recover, find oneself, get, get hold, predominate, rein, find, dominate, retrieve, notice, chance, reign, determine, see, find out, govern, come up, decree, encounter, happen, receive, feel, harness, incur, observe, witness, ascertain, bump, prevail, regain, obtain, discover

  17. rule(verb)

    have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac

    Synonyms:
    find, predominate, harness, dominate, prevail, govern, decree, reign, rein

  18. rule(verb)

    mark or draw with a ruler

    "rule the margins"

    Synonyms:
    find, predominate, harness, dominate, prevail, govern, decree, reign, rein

  19. rule, harness, rein(verb)

    keep in check

    "rule one's temper"

    Synonyms:
    rein in, find, predominate, harness, tackle, dominate, draw rein, prevail, govern, decree, reign, rein

Wiktionary

  1. rule(verb)

    To excel.

    This game rules!

    Synonyms:
    rock

    Antonyms:
    suck

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rule

    Govern carries the idea of authoritative administration or some exercise of authority that is at once effective and continuous; control is effective, but may be momentary or occasional. One controls what he holds or can hold at will absolutely in check; as, a skilful horseman controls a spirited horse; a person controls his temper; we say to one who is excited, "control yourself." A person commands another when he has, or claims, the right to make that other do his will, with power of inflicting penalty if not obeyed; he controls another whom he can effectually prevent from doing anything contrary to his will; he governs one whom he actually does cause, regularly or constantly, to obey his will; a parent may command a child whom he can not govern or control. The best teachers are not greatly prone to command, but govern or control their pupils largely by other means. Command is, however, often used in the sense of securing, as well as requiring, submission or obedience, as when we speak of a commanding influence; a man commands the situation when he can shape events as he pleases; a fortress commands the region when no enemy can pass against its resistance. Govern implies the exercise of knowledge and judgment as well as power. To rule is more absolute and autocratic than to govern; to sway is to move by quiet but effectual influence; to mold is not only to influence feeling and action, but to shape character; to manage is to secure by skilful contrivance the doing of one's will by those whom one can not directly control; a wise mother, by gentle means, sways the feelings and molds the lives of her children; to be able to manage servants is an important element of good housekeeping. The word reign, once so absolute, now simply denotes that one holds the official station of sovereign in a monarchy, with or without effective power; the Queen of England reigns; the Czar of Russia both reigns and rules.

    Synonyms:
    command, control, curb, direct, govern, influence, manage, mold, reign, reign over, restrain, sway

    Antonyms:
    be in subjection, be subject, comply, obey, submit, yield

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rule(n)

    Synonyms:
    regulation, law, precept, principle, maxim, practice, guide, canon, order, method, direction, authority, control, mastery, government, decision, determination, habit

    Antonyms:
    irregularity, nonconformity, exception, deviation, eccentricity

  2. rule(v)

    Synonyms:
    govern, manage, control, direct, command, dominate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. rule(n.)

    Synonyms:
    command, control, domination, dominion, lordship, mastership, mastery, government, empire, sway, direction, authority

  2. rule(n.)

    Synonyms:
    precept, law, canon, formula, test, criterion, standard, touchstone

  3. rule(n.)

    Synonyms:
    order, ruling, prescription, regulation

  4. rule(n.)

    Synonyms:
    ruler

  5. rule(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    govern, control, conduct, direct, lead, have under one's thumb, lead by the nose, lord over, lord it over, domineer over

  6. rule(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    (Law.) determine, decide

  7. rule(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    command, govern, DOMINEER, have command, have control, rule the roast, have one's own way, wear the breeches, take the lead

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How to use rule in a sentence?

  1. Samuel Butler:

    Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.

  2. Ken Paxton:

    We're now very confident that DACA will soon meet the same fate as the Obama-era Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program, which the courts blocked after I led another state coalition challenging its constitutionality, our lawsuit is vital to restoring the rule of law to our nation's immigration system.

  3. Dean Baquet:

    We have always had a rule saying reporters should be wary of going on very clearly opinionated shows, it isn't meant as a commentary on any show, just our view that hard-hitting stories like the ones we are doing should stand on their own.

  4. George Washington:

    The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations to have as little political connection as possible... Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalships, interest, humor, or caprice?... It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Under this rule, if a pastor, priest or imam speaks about issues of public or political importance, they are threatened with the loss of their tax exempt status -- a crippling financial punishment, very, very unfair. But no longer.


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