\Reg"u*la*tive\ (r?g"?*l?*t?v), a.
1. Tending to regulate; regulating. --Whewell.
2. (Metaph.) 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. --Sir W. Hamilton.
Note: These terms are borrowed from Kant, and suggest the
thought, allowed by Kant, that possibly these
principles are only true for the human mind, the
operations and belief of which they regulate.