Definition of Guideline

1. Noun. A light line that is used in lettering to help align the letters.

Generic synonyms: Line

2. Noun. 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"

3. Noun. A rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior.
Exact synonyms: Guidepost, Rule Of Thumb
Generic synonyms: Regulation, Rule

Definition of Guideline

1. Noun. A non-specific rule or principle that provides direction to action or behaviour. ¹

2. Noun. A plan or explanation to guide one in setting standards or determining a course of action. ¹

3. Noun. A light line, used in lettering, to help align the text. ¹

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Definition of Guideline

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Medical Definition of Guideline

1. A set of statements, directions, or principles presenting current or future rules or policy. Guidelines may be developed by government agencies at any level, institutions, organizations such as professional societies or governing boards, or by the convening of expert panels. The text may be cursive or in outline form, but it is generally a comprehensive guide to problems and approaches in any discipline or activity. This concept relates to the general conduct and administration of health care activities rather than to specific decisions for a particular clinical condition. For that aspect, practice guideline is available. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Guideline

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guideline (current term)
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Literary usage of Guideline

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Identifying Health Technologies That Work: Searching For Evidence by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"For example, they examined medical, surgical, and behavioral interventions in their urinary incontinence guideline. Such an approach is attractive to ..."

2. Sentencing in the Federal Courts: Does Race Matter?: The Transition to by Douglas Corry McDonald, Kenneth E Carlson (1994)
"41 3.4 Percentage Difference in Length of Prison Sentences in guideline Cases ... 45 Number of Sentenced Offenders, by Race/Ethnicity, in Non-guideline ..."

3. Drug Abuse Prevention Through Family Interventions by Rebecca Singer Ashery, Elizabeth B. Robertson, Karol Linda Kumpfer (1999)
"The development of individual guidelines began with a planning group of recognized experts who reviewed approaches to guideline development and formulated ..."

4. Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction & Prevention (1992)
"Panel deliberations regarding these comments resulted in guideline revisions as ... The panel subjected the pressure ulcers guideline to pilot review before ..."

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