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  • n. Plural form of rule.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of rule.


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  • In it Rawls distinguished between what he called the ˜summary™ conception of rules, in which rules are merely ˜rules of thumb™ i.e., guides to behavior based on reports of prior actions and their outcomes, and the

    Transport: a Flash-Fiction Triptych

  • It would have been a great help: but still it is not indispensable: after all, it is only the putting into rules of the way in which _every_ mind proceeds, when it draws valid conclusions; and, by practice in careful thinking, you may get to know "fallacies" when you meet with them, without knowing the formal _rules_.

    The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (Rev. C. L. Dodgson)

  • I suppose I should read rules or something .. * off to look for rules*

    Digital Point Forums

  • ˜generally useful™ rules, though these are ˜rules of thumb™ and there may be circumstances in which it is right (that is obligatory) to break them.

    Russell's Moral Philosophy

  • $user - > lang [ 'RULES_ATTACH_CAN']: $user - > lang [ 'RULES_ATTACH_CANNOT']; foreach ($rules as $rule) $template - > assign_block_vars ( 'rules', array ( 'RULE' = > $rule)); return;

  • Sir Dudley Ryder, (then Attorney-General, afterwards Chief-Justice,) in his learned argument, observed, that "it is extremely proper that there should be _some_ general rules in relation to evidence; but _if exceptions were not allowed to them, it would be better to demolish all the general rules_.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 11 (of 12)

  • CIA officials would not discuss the covert program, but a senior U.S. official acknowledged that a misunderstanding had emerged because the term "rules of engagement" meant different things to the former Army general and to civilian analysts.

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  • Ma'am, with all due respect, I teach competitive debate to high schoolers and one of the main rules is that when a person starts making blanket statements and coming up with conspiracy theories rather than providing actual evidence to back up his or her arguments, that person is getting desperate and is losing the debate round.

    Tom McIntyre Explains His Picks for our 2009 Hunting and Fishing Heroes and Villians Face-Off

  • Obama liked the phrase rules of the road and had used it during the campaign to describe what Wall Street needed.


  • The most recent and most directly applicable for businesses that are currently hurt by competitors not playing by the rules is the Fair Playing Field Act of 2010 (H.R. 6128) which was introduced in September by Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Washington.

    Louis Provenzano: Open Letter to Congress: Two Employee Misclassification Bills Deserve Support


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  • Turning to his younger apprentice one god said,

    "In this business there are two most important rules:

    Rule Number One:

    Never tell anyone every thing you know."

    --Jan Cox

    May 22, 2007