1 to adjust (the amount of heat, sound, etc., of something) as required; control
2 to adjust (an instrument or appliance) so that it operates correctly
3 to bring into conformity with a rule, principle, or usage
(C17: from Late Latin regulare to control, from Latin regula a ruler)
regulative, regulatory adj
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