guideline guideline  /ˈɡaɪd ˌlaɪn/


  1. (n) a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior
  2. (n) a light line that is used in lettering to help align the letters
  3. (n) a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action



  1. The American Heart Association has a brand-new set of guidelines for reducing women's risk of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
  2. None of these guidelines have been supported by the gold standard of medical evidence, the randomized controlled trial.
  3. In proposed new guidelines, the NIH lifts some, but not all, restrictions on stem cells.


  1. Disgraced Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling gets reduced 14-year sentence

    Skilling has been in prison since 2006, when he was sentenced to more than 24 years by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. But an appeals court vacated his prison term in 2009, ruling that a sentencing guideline was improperly applied. That meant a reduction of as much as nine years.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Oregonian

  2. Graduation plan — despite failure on SOLs — OK’d

    The Hanover County School Board approved a state guideline-based plan designed to allow some students to receive standard diplomas even though they did not pass state Standards of Learning (SOLs) test
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Mechanicsville Local

  3. Maturitas publishes 2013 update on diagnosis and management of osteoporosis

    ( Elsevier ) Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today the publication of the National Osteoporosis Guideline Group (NOGG) Update 2013 on diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and older men in the journal Maturitas.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!


  1. "If you're a captain in a unit that has an embedded reporter, as long as you're within the guideline and the rules, we expect you to be open with that embedded reporter," Gates said. "On the other hand, if you're a captain in this building,...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Robert Gates Source: TPMDC (blog)

  2. "We've made a major advance in providing belated justice to victims and their families. For the first time in 65 years nations have come together in Prague to provide a guideline and best practices for property confiscated and wrongly seized by the...
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: Stuart Eizenstat Source: The Move Channel

  3. Chair of the FSA Deirdre Hutton said: "Most manufacturers and retailers are now using front of pack nutritional labelling and this is good news. Some shoppers find extra guideline daily amount information useful. All the industry needs to do is add...
    on Jan 17, 2007 By: Deirdre Hutton Source: Which?

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