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guideline

Noun

1 a light line that is used in lettering to help align the letters
2 a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action; "the president said he had a road map for normalizing relations with Vietnam" [syn: road map]
3 a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior [syn: guidepost, rule of thumb]

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English

Etymology

From guide + line

Noun

  1. A non-specific rule or principle that provides direction to action or behaviour.
  2. A plan or explanation to guide one in setting standards or determining a course of action.
  3. A light line, used in lettering, to help align the text.

Synonyms

Translations

a non-specific rule or principle that provides direction to action or behaviour
a plan or explanation to guide one in setting standards or determining a course of action
a light line, used in lettering, to help align the text

Extensive Definition

"Guideline" is the NATO reporting name for the Soviet SA-2 surface-to-air missile.
A guideline is any document that aims to streamline particular processes according to a set routine. By definition, following a guideline is never mandatory (protocol would be a better term for a mandatory procedure). Guidelines are an essential part of the larger process of governance.
Guidelines may be issued by and used by any organization (governmental or private) to make the actions of its employees or divisions more predictable, and presumably of higher quality.
guideline in German: Richtlinie
guideline in Italian: Linea guida

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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