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rubric(Authoritative rule), noun act, bylaw, canon, code, convention, dictate, enactment, institution, law, measure, ordinance, precept, prescription, rule, ruling, statute
rubric(Title), noun caption, classification, designation, division, genus, grouping, head, headline, label, superscription
See also: article, bylaw, caption, code, constitution, designation, dictate, direction, directive, law, measure, order, precept, prescription, principle, statute, title
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.
RUBRIC, civil law. The title or inscription of any law or statute, because the copyists formerly drew and painted the title of laws and statutes rubro colore, in red letters. Ayl. Pand. B. 1, t. 8; Diet. do Juris. h.t.