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regrating

the offence of buying a commodity in a market with a view to selling it in the same market at a better price. In Scotland it was outlawed in Acts of 1449 and 1592 and thereafter and included an area within a four-mile radius of the market. It ceased to be an offence in England in 1847. See FORESTALLING.

REGRATING, crim. law. Every practice or device, by act, conspiracy, words, or news, to enhance the price of victuals or other merchandise, is so denominated. 3 Inst. 196; 1 Russ. on Cr. 169.
     2. In the Roman law, persons who monopolized grain, and other produce of the earth, were called dardanarii, and were variously punished. Dig. 47, 11, 6.

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Observations on the Pernicious Consequences of Forestalling, Regrating,
The evolution of market structures and the attendant rules of exchange with the development of capitalism highlight a shifting balance of forces --from the restrictions on 'forestalling, regrating and engrossing' in late mediaeval markets, localised and personalised, to the transcendence of locality (through long term 'globalisation') which facilitates the dominance of the most powerful under the misleading rubrics of being impersonal and freer (Lie, 1993).
To the anger of the queen herself, it actually rejected such antipoverty bills as that to enforce the provision of hospitality (thus failing to heed, as the bill's sponsor put it, "the lamentable cry of the poor, who are like to perish"), as well as a bill criminalizing those practices of forestalling and regrating ("odious to the commonwealth") that inflated food prices.