First, the Second Amendment itself includes a preamble referring to the necessity of a “well-regulated militia.”
The other blacks who took up arms were, in her estimation, “a well-regulated militia.”
Accidents happen even in well-regulated industries that are run by careful, caring human beings.
And remember the 2nd amendment refers to a "well-regulated" militia.
And what other feeling in Wentworth's clean, well-regulated, sterilized mind had shown any power of growth?
He was a man of well-regulated habits, and did not like being taken unawares.
Columbus complains that he has been judged as a governor who has been sent to a peaceful, well-regulated province.
She knocked; a well-regulated voice answered, "Who is there?"
Gradually the full possibilities of the situation were revealing themselves to the well-regulated mind of the junior partner.
Not that the inmates of these well-regulated abodes are all paupers.
early 15c., "adjust by rule, control," from Late Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare "to control by rule, direct," from Latin regula "rule" (see regular). Meaning "to govern by restriction" is from 1620s. Related: Regulated; regulating.
regulate reg·u·late (rěg'yə-lāt')
v. reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing, reg·u·lates
To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
To adjust to a particular specification or requirement.
To adjust a mechanism for accurate and proper functioning.
To put or maintain in order.