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Main Entry: 1rule
Pronunciation: primarystressrül
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English reule "a guide for proper actions," from early French reule (same meaning), from Latin regula "straightedge, ruler," from regere "to lead straight, govern, rule" --related to 1RAIL, REGENT, REGULATE
1 a : a guide or principle for conduct or action b : an accepted method, custom, or habit c : REGULATION 2, bylaw
2 : a broad statement generally found to be true <as a rule we don't have much snow here>
3 : the exercise of authority or control : GOVERNMENT
4 : RULER 2

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