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Rule and ruling usually refers to standards for activities. They may refer to:

Human activity[edit]

  • Business rule, a rule pertaining to the structure or behavior internal to a business
  • School rule, rules part of school discipline
  • Sport rule, rule that defines how a sport is played
  • Game rule, rule that defines how a game is played
  • Moral, a rule or element of a moral code for guiding choices in human behavior
  • Monasticism, or Monastic Rule, the document giving the way of life to be led by the members of the varying Religious Orders in the Catholic Church and other Christian groups which follow a monastic way of life
  • Norm (philosophy), a kind of sentence or a reason to act, feel or believe
  • Rule of thumb, a principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation
  • Unspoken rule, an assumed rule of human behavior that is not voiced or written down


  • Norm (sociology), a term in sociology describing explicit or implicit rules used within society or by a group (i.e. social norms)
  • Rule of inference or transformation rule, a term in logic for a function which takes premises and returns a conclusion
  • Phrase structure rule or rewrite rule, used in some theories of linguistics
  • "Rule X" elementary cellular automaton, where X is a number between 0-255 characterizing a specific model (e.g. Rule 110)
  • Ruler, or "rule"; a distance measuring device

Law and government[edit]

  • Law, which may informally be called a "rule"
  • Government
  • Rule of law, government based not on arbitrary decisions of officials but on laws
  • Procedural law, a ruleset governing the application of laws to cases
  • Court order, a decision by a court
  • Military rule, governance by a military body
  • Monastic rule, a collection of precepts that guides the life of monks or nuns in a religious order
  • In rulemaking by the federal government of the United States, a regulation mandated by Congress, but written or expanded upon by the executive branch
  •, a website containing lists of heads of state and government
  • Advance tax ruling, a tool for conforming taxation arrangements


  • The Rules, bestselling self-help book
  • Rules, 2007 Newbery Honor book by Cynthia Lord



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