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This clue has been rated as VERY COMMON
We've rated Rule as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

3 December 2021
Last seen in: Evening Standard Easy Crossword

We found 16 answers for the crossword clue 'Rule', the most recent of which was seen in the Evening Standard Easy Crossword.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Rule a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Rule as an answer itself some 260 times.

Rule is a single word clue made up of 4 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'Evening Standard Easy Crossword' on Wednesday, 08 December 2021 with the answer being DOMINION, but the most popular answer for this clue is REIGN.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems; "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
  • A principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"
  • A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
  • A basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; "their principles of composition characterized all their works"
  • Any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; "the rule of St. Dominic"
  • Directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess"
  • Something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
  • (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
  • Prescribed guide for conduct or action
  • The duration of a monarch's or government's power; "during the rule of Elizabeth"
  • Dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
  • Keep in check; "rule one's temper"
  • Decide with authority; "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
  • Mark or draw with a ruler; "rule the margins"
  • Exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
  • Have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac
  • Measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths
  • Decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
  • Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"


We found 1 anagrams for the word 'Rule'.

  • lure Something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed

Crossword Answers

3 Letters


The branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do

Press tightly together or cram; "The crowd packed the auditorium"

4 Letters

A statistic describing the location of a distribution; "it set the norm for American homes"

SWAY Chris Roberson
Pitching dangerously to one side

5 Letters

A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

Royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

6 Letters

Bring to an end; settle conclusively; "The case was decided"; "The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; "The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance"

Exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"

7 Letters

CONTROL Chris Roberson
The activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

An act passed by a legislative body

8 Letters

One of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth

Be master; reign or rule

9 Letters

The act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders; "the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"

10 Letters

The state of being controlled or governed

11 Letters

Having superior power and influence; "the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism"

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