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Dictionary Definition

regimen n : (medicine) a systematic plan for therapy (often including diet) [syn: regime]

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  1. Orderly government; system of order; administration.
  2. Any regulation or remedy which is intended to produce beneficial effects by gradual operation
  3. A syntactical relation between words, as when one depends on another and is regulated by it in respect to case or mood; government.


Orderly government; system of order; administration
Any regulation or remedy which is intended to produce beneficial effects by gradual operation
A syntactical relation between words


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.
regimen in German: Regime
regimen in Esperanto: Reĝimo (politiko)
regimen in French: Régime
regimen in Indonesian: Rezim
regimen in Italian: Regime
regimen in Japanese: 政権
regimen in Polish: Reżim
regimen in Russian: Политический режим
regimen in Simple English: Regime
regimen in Swedish: Regim
regimen in Chinese: 政权
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