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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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Thus, a regulative hate speech act whereby an Aboriginal (or gay) man proclaims a white (or heterosexual) man deficient because of his whiteness (or heterosexuality) fails to bring about the enactment of the interpersonal relationship 'thematised' by the speech act.
However, this marginal situation cannot be taken as normative and regulative of the typical course of social and political life.
In Part 1 he presents Kant's claim that the concept of God is regulative rather than constitutive, providing a basis for philosophical discourse rather than conveying information about God.
As particular traditions and humanity evolve, they learn to coexist as regulative ideals of a more rational and just world.
This model is grounded in textual data involving the 1992 explosion at Westray Mines, illustrating how regulative, normative and cognitive elements contributed to the institutionalization of a harmful mindset of invulnerability that clouded individual perceptions of the inherent risks in daily work practices.
Scott (1995:33) offers an omnibus definition of institutions: "Institutions consist of cognitive, normative and regulative structures and activities that provide stability and meaning to social behaviour.
As a consequence of his analysis of Marxist utopia, Marsonet restricts the concept of political utopia only to a regulative ideal, which he will finally explain in neopragmatic terms, as a method rather than as a doctrine (287) and as a time-sensitive concept (289-90), rather than one established once and for all.
As shown in earlier work (Machado, 1998), the introduction and widespread application of a high-tech or advanced scientific medicine result in ethical, legal, and organizational problems, challenges, and transformations.(1) Since the 1970s, the technical advances in human genetics -- and its applications in the clinic -- have far outstripped policy and regulative formation and created important and dangerous strains in the relationship between genetic science and society.
Noting that evolution does not mean that "all organisms, and especially not all human organisms, are directly seeking to maximize their reproductive success," it "does imply that all innate human psychological structures have...evolved under the regulative power of reproductive success and that these innate structures remain fully active at the present time." For Carroll, the "single most important corollary of this principle, for the purposes of literary analysis, is that reproductive success, in its twin aspects of sexual union and the production of successful offspring, is central to human concerns and thus to literary works." The hunt is on, in other words, to see how "strategies" of "reproductive success" play out in literary texts - or to tally the costs of repressing the same.
Modest Probabilism (and logical omniscience) is a "regulative ideal" by reference to which we judge "the cogency of a state of opinion" (p.37, my italics), where the lack of "cogency" which a violation of the probability calculus engenders does not signify unreasonableness.
Morton glosses this in asserting that the regulative basis of the body and nature must be 're-imagined'.