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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Regulative  \Reg"u*la*tive\  (r?g"?*l?*t?v),  a. 
  1.  Tending  to  regulate;  regulating.  --Whewell. 
  2.  (Metaph.)  Necessarily  assumed  by  the  mind  as  fundamental 
  to  all  other  knowledge;  furnishing  fundamental  principles; 
  as  the  regulative  principles,  or  principles  a  priori;  the 
  regulative  faculty.  --Sir  W.  Hamilton. 
  Note:  These  terms  are  borrowed  from  Kant,  and  suggest  the 
  thought,  allowed  by  Kant,  that  possibly  these 
  principles  are  only  true  for  the  human  mind,  the 
  operations  and  belief  of  which  they  regulate. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  restricting  according  to  rules  or  principles  [syn:  {regulating}, 

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