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1 the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities" [syn: government, authorities]
2 (medicine) a systematic plan for therapy (often including diet) [syn: regimen]

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see Regime


Alternative spellings


  1. Mode of rule or management
  2. A form of government, or the government in power (as in a socialist regime)
  3. A period of rule

Usage notes


mode of rule or management
form of government
period of rule



Latin regimen, regiminis


  1. regime, régime
  2. regimen


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Extensive Definition

The word regime (occasionally spelled "régime", particularly in older texts) refers to a set of conditions, most often of a political nature. However, it may also be used synonymously with "regimen", for example in the phrases "exercise regime" or "medical regime".


In politics, a regime is the form of government: the set of rules, both formal (for example, a constitution) and informal (common law, cultural or social norms, etc.) that regulate the operation of government and its interactions with society. For instance, the United States has one of the oldest regimes still active in the world, dating to the ratification of its Constitution in 1789.


In scientific discussions, a regime is a class of physical conditions, usually parameterised by some specific measures, where a particular physical phenomenon or boundary condition is significant. Very often a regime corresponds to a limiting condition. The region of measurable parameter space that corresponds to a regime is very often loosely defined. Examples include "the superfluid regime", "the steady state regime" or "the femtosecond regime".
In geography and hydrography, "regime" refers to the changing conditions of river beds and other features, such as systems of sandbars.

Other uses

Political use of "regime" concerns international regulatory agencies (see International regime), which lie outside of the control of national governments. These have more power over a greater range than postal or telecommunications agreements, for example, and constrain national governments.


Essentials of Comparative Government, Patrick O'Neil.
regime in German: Regime
regime in Esperanto: Reĝimo (politiko)
regime in French: Régime
regime in Indonesian: Rezim
regime in Italian: Regime
regime in Japanese: 政権
regime in Polish: Reżim
regime in Russian: Политический режим
regime in Simple English: Regime
regime in Swedish: Regim
regime in Chinese: 政权

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