It is seen as preferable to heavy-handed regulation, with specific prohibitions and precise limitations.
My goal in Moneywood was to take a lighthearted look at a heavy-handed era.
The heavy-handed way the Kennedys have dealt with the media even has some police officers up in arms.
She said Mars Hill “engages in heavy-handed discipline through a hierarchical structure.”
A fiction editor would say, "Come on, Tomasky, this is just too heavy-handed."
Do not trust the omelet to heavy-handed cook, who thinks it means a compromise between piecrust and pancake.
John, being the heavy-faced and heavy-handed man, shut the door.
A rough-featured, heavy-handed peasant's son was this Peter.
What had he in common with his own father—hard-working, heavy-handed Amos Burr?
A flight of heavy-handed bullets was succeeded by yelling and shouts.