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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.
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Adj.1.regulative - restricting according to rules or principles; "a regulatory gene"
restrictive - serving to restrict; "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"


[ˈregjʊlətɪv] ADJreglamentario


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Kant had shown through the transcendental deduction of the "concepts of reason" that the ideas of freedom and a divine being can be regulatively employed for practical purposes, that is, to keep us from mechanism and fatalism, but can provide no constitutive knowledge.
Regulatively, the speaker can use the idea of rightfulness by appealing to norms, either actual or desired.
Going beyond Kant, the role of God for Hegel is further diminished in no longer being regulatively necessary for epistemology or crucially necessary for the coherence of morality.