regulation reg‧u‧la‧tion [ˌregjˈleɪʆn] noun
1. [countable] LAW an official rule or order:

• The company was found to be in breach of (= to be breaking ) health and safety regulations.

• Tighter regulations are being introduced to protect the environment from car exhaust emissions.

ˈbuilding reguˌlation [countable usually plural] PROPERTY LAW
one of a set of rules about how buildings should be built, for safety and appearance:

• All structures must comply with (= obey ) the current building regulations.

2. [singular, uncountable] control over something, especially by rules:

• the regulation of public spending

• City regulation has failed to deal with insider-dealing and market manipulation.

• There needs to be tighter regulation of advertisements for drugs.

ˌstatutory reguˈlation [uncountable] LAW
when a financial market or industry is controlled by a government organization, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US, rather than being allowed to control itself

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regulation UK US /ˌregjəˈleɪʃən/ noun
[C] LAW, GOVERNMENT an official rule or law: »

They are introducing new policies and regulations for e-commerce.


environmental/safety/ import regulations


There are far too many rules and regulations.

[U] LAW, GOVERNMENT the activity of checking that a business is following official rules or laws: »

This affects the operation and regulation of the accounting profession.


They are looking at the replacement of government regulation by self-regulation and market mechanisms.

Compare BUILDING REGULATIONS(Cf. ↑building regulations)
regulation UK US /ˌreɡjəˈleɪʃən/ adjective [before noun] WORKPLACE
used to describe official clothes or equipment used by people in a particular type of work: »

All flight attendants are required to wear regulation uniform.


Security staff are issued with regulation kit.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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