rule (n.)
principle, order, regulation
JC V.i.100[Brutus to Cassius] by the rule of that philosophy / By which I did blame Cato for the death / Which he did give himself
R3 I.ii.68[Richard to Anne] you know no rules of charity, / Which renders good for bad
TC V.ii.144[Troilus to Ulysses, of Cressida] If there be rule in unity itself, / This is not she
TS III.i.79[Bianca to Hortensio as Licio, of his idiosyncratic musical scale] I am not so nice / To change true rules for odd inventions
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