ru·bric /'rü-brik/ n: an established rule, tradition, or custom

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (authoritative rule) noun act, bylaw, canon, code, convention, dictate, enactment, institution, law, legislation, measure, ordinance, precept, prescription, regulation, rule, ruling, statute II (title) noun caption, classification, denomination, designation, division, genus, grouping, head, heading, headline, label, superscription III index article (precept), bylaw, caption, code, constitution, dictate, direction (order), law, measure, precept, prescription (directive), principle (axiom), statute, title (designation)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A category; a statement of purpose; the heading of a document, such as a statute.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1. the headnote of a law report setting out the main facts and the point of law decided in the case.
2. the long title of an Act of Parliament.
Both usages derive from the fact that these parts used to be printed in red.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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  • Rubric — Ru bric, n. [OE. rubriche, OF. rubriche, F. rubrique ( cf. it. rubrica), fr. L. rubrica red earth for coloring, red chalk, the title of a law (because written in red), fr. ruber red. See {red}.] That part of any work in the early manuscripts and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rubric — Ru bric, Rubrical Ru bric*al, a. 1. Colored in, or marked with, red; placed in rubrics. [1913 Webster] What though my name stood rubric on the walls Or plaistered posts, with claps, in capitals? Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rubric — [ro͞o′brik] n. [ME rubryke < MFr rubriche < L rubrica, red ocher, hence title (esp. of a law) written in red, rubric < ruber,RED] 1. in early books and manuscripts, a chapter heading, initial letter, specific sentence, etc. printed or… …   English World dictionary

  • Rubric — Ru bric, v. t. To adorn ith red; to redden; to rubricate. [R.] Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rubric — late 14c., directions in religious services (often in red writing), from O.Fr. rubrique, from L. rubrica red ochre, red coloring matter, from ruber, from PIE root *rudhro (see RED (Cf. red)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • rubric — ► NOUN 1) a heading on a document. 2) a set of instructions or rules. 3) a direction in a liturgical book as to how a church service should be conducted. ORIGIN originally referring to text written in red for emphasis: from Latin rubrica terra… …   English terms dictionary

  • Rubric — This article is about rubrics in text and as instructions. For other uses, see Rubric (disambiguation). Dominican Missal, c. 1240, with rubrics in red (Historical Museum of Lausanne) …   Wikipedia

  • rubric — [[t]ru͟ːbrɪk[/t]] rubrics 1) N COUNT A rubric is a set of rules or instructions, for example the rules at the beginning of an examination paper. [FORMAL] There was a firm rubric in the book about what had to be observed when interrogating anyone… …   English dictionary

  • rubric — UK [ˈruːbrɪk] / US [ˈrubrɪk] noun [countable] Word forms rubric : singular rubric plural rubrics formal 1) a set of instructions at the beginning of a document, for example at the top of an examination paper 2) the name of a particular group or… …   English dictionary

  • rubric — noun Etymology: Middle English rubrike red ocher, heading in red letters of part of a book, from Anglo French, from Latin rubrica, from rubr , ruber red Date: 14th century 1. a. an authoritative rule; especially a rule for conduct of a liturgical …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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