Definition of regulative :
1. Necessarily assumed by the mind as fundamental to all other knowledge; furnishing fundamental principles; as, the regulative principles, or principles a priori; the regulative faculty.
2. Tending to regulate; regulating.
- From the high estimation in which Luther was held by the Formula of Concord it has falsely been inferred that this Confession accords Luther the " highest authority" as Hase says, or considers him " the regulative and almost infallible expounder" of the Bible, as Schaff asserts. - "Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church", Friedrich Bente.
- Its tendency is to formality; to the substitution of a variety of outward standards of duty for a single inward regulative principle. - "Amusement: A Force in Christian Training", Rev. Marvin R. Vincent..
- They perverted scripture to uphold this ridiculous whim, and brought scorn upon themselves and reproach upon the cause of Christ, because they turned their eyes from the inward, regulative power of the gospel to one of its natural developments, and looked at that until it grew out of all proportion. - "Amusement: A Force in Christian Training", Rev. Marvin R. Vincent..