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Old 09-10-2019, 10:36 AM
Joeu is offline
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Re: Well-regulated.

Originally Posted by Lumpy View Post
This link, (admittedly pro-gun) gives several quotes from the Oxford English Dictionary over the years, demonstrating the archaic use of the phrase "well regulated".
I generally tend to be skeptical of arguments from dictionary definitions, but I'm especially skeptical of arguments from incomplete dictionary definitions. That admittedly pro-gun site did some not admitted cherry-picking.

The OED itself defines well-regulated this way:
Properly governed or directed; (now) esp. strictly controlled by rules or regulations. Also: accurately calibrated or adjusted.
and the citations, if you read all of them, provide a much wider range of meanings than that source acknowledges.