a general or approximate principle, procedure, or rule based on experience or practice, as opposed to a specific, scientific calculation or estimate.
a rough, practical method of procedure.
rule of thumb
a rough and practical approach, based on experience, rather than a scientific or precise one based on theory
(as modifier): a rule-of-thumb decision
rule of thumb definition
A practical principle that comes from the wisdom of experience and is usually but not always valid: “When playing baseball, a good rule of thumb is to put your best hitter fourth in the batting order.”
rule of thumb
A rough and useful principle or method, based on experience rather than precisely accurate measures. For example, His work with the youth group is largely by rule of thumb. This expression alludes to making rough estimates of measurements by using one’s thumb. [ Second half of 1600s ]
noun 1. the act or fact of ruling or the state of being ruled: Foreign rulership of the country began in the 18th century.
noun 1. a principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement, etc.: the rules of chess. 2. the code of regulations observed by a religious order or congregation: the Franciscan rule. 3. the customary or normal circumstance, occurrence, manner, practice, quality, etc.: the rule rather than the exception. 4. control, government, or dominion: under the […]
noun 1. a special committee of a legislature, as of the U.S. House of Representatives, having the authority to establish rules or methods for expediting legislative action, and usually determining the date a bill is presented for consideration.
noun 1. the rules by which a legislative or deliberative assembly governs its proceedings; parliamentary law.