But as a general rule
, the more diversified in structure the descendants from any one species can be rendered, the more places they will be enabled to seize on, and the more their modified progeny will be increased.
I HAVE already mentioned that the influence exerted over the people of the valley by their chiefs was mild in the extreme; and as to any general rule
or standard of conduct by which the commonality were governed in their intercourse with each other, so far as my observation extended, I should be almost tempted to say, that none existed on the island, except, indeed, the mysterious 'Taboo' be considered as such.
I lay it down as a general rule
, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.
I should no more lay it down as a general rule
that women write better letters than men, than that they sing better duets, or draw better landscapes.
And the legs inside them did not, as a general rule
, seem of much account either.
You're not killed yet--though if you were, you couldn't cry, you know, and so it's a general rule
against crying, my dear
But a sister of the late lord is so near a relative as to be an exception to general rules
He says that although as a general rule
the same international law applies to islands as to continental landmasses, the application of general rules
can have some unique features, and special rules addressing islands have been developed as well.
The general rule
is that everything -- every idea, concept, name, product, machine and formulation, which for the purpose of this article are each referred to as an "invention" (As patent practitioners know, in patent law the term "invention" refers to something that falls within the scope of patentable subject matter and that can be described in sufficient detail to teach persons skilled in the art to which the invention pertains how to make and use the invention.
The general rule
is that these branches can be cut back to the boundary line, but you would then have to make sure that anything cut offis handed back to your neighbour.
2 : a general rule
offered to explain a scientific phenomenon <the theory of gravity>
An Offer in Compromise (Form 656) is an agreement with the IRS that lets you resolve your tax bill for less than you owe; the general rule
is at least 14% of the amount owed must be paid.