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golden rule

a rule of ethical conduct, usually phrased “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” or, as in the Sermon on the Mount, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so unto them.” Matt. 7:12; Luke 6:31.
any philosophy, guiding principle, or ideal of behavior, as in a discipline, pursuit, or business: The protesters agreed that their golden rule would be “no violence.”.
Origin of golden rule
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Of course, the word "rule" is often used to designate a principle—as in the case of the phrase "golden-rule."

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • In Paris her golden-rule philosophy had been turned topsy-turvy.

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for golden-rule

golden rule

any of a number of rules of fair conduct, such as Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them (Matthew 7:12) or thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Leviticus 19:28)
any important principle: a golden rule of sailing is to wear a life jacket
(Brit) the principle advocated by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown (in office 1997–2007) that a government should only borrow to invest
another name for rule of three
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Idioms and Phrases with golden-rule

golden rule

see under do unto others
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