I found a web site that tried to explain the difference between the two, but I came away unconvinced. The web site used Dictionary.com to explain in this way:
Dictionary.com defines ‘rule’ as:
- A principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement
- The customary or normal circumstance, occurrence, manner, practice, quality, etc.
- To control or direct; exercise dominating power, authority, or influence over; govern.
- To decide or declare judicially or authoritatively
- To make a formal decision or ruling, as on a point at law.
Dictionary.com defines ‘regulation’ as:
- A law, rule, or other order prescribed by authority, especially to regulate conduct.
- The act of regulating or the state of being regulated.
- A governmental or ministerial order having the force of law
- As required by official rules or procedure
I don't know; I see "regulation" under the definition of "rule," and I see "rule" under the definition of "regulation."
I ask again; what's the difference?
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