Accidents happen even in well-regulated industries that are run by careful, caring human beings.
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.”
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.