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tr.v. reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing, reg·u·lates
1. To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
2. To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.
3. To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
4. To put or maintain in order: regulate one's eating habits.

[Middle English, from Late Latin rēgulāre, rēgulāt-, from Latin rēgula, rod, rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

reg′u·la′tive, reg′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.regulated - controlled or governed according to rule or principle or law; "well regulated industries"; "houses with regulated temperature"
unregulated - not regulated; not subject to rule or discipline; "unregulated off-shore fishing"
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The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources.
But if one national government, had not so regulated the navigation of Britain as to make it a nursery for seamen -- if one national government had not called forth all the national means and materials for forming fleets, their prowess and their thunder would never have been celebrated.
If they see that our national government is efficient and well administered, our trade prudently regulated, our militia properly organized and disciplined, our resources and finances discreetly managed, our credit re-established, our people free, contented, and united, they will be much more disposed to cultivate our friendship than provoke our resentment.
Seen in the various phases of his daily life, he gave the idea of being perfectly well-balanced, as exactly regulated as a Leroy chronometer.
Everything was regulated and foreseen that was to be done from half-past eleven a.
The means of security can only be regulated by the means and the danger of attack.
Since then we propose to inquire what civil society is of all others best for those who have it in their power to live entirely as they wish, it is necessary to examine into the polity of those states which are allowed to be well governed; and if there should be any others which some persons have described, and which appear properly regulated, to note what is right and useful in them; and when we point out wherein they have failed, let not this be imputed to an affectation of wisdom, for it is because there are great defects in all those which are already 'established, that I have been induced to undertake this work.
But to be effective, such macro prudential capital regulation must affect the loan supply of regulated banks--and not be completely offset by unregulated sources of credit.
For comparison, the researchers measured the concentrations of regulated disinfection by-products.
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As a result, corporate officers and their organizations across America face substantial legal and financial penalties if regulated data is not properly managed and retained over its lifecycle.