1. Mode or system of rule or management; character of government, or of the prevailing social system. I dream . . . Of the new regime which is to come. (H. Kingsley)

2. (Science: physics) The condition of a river with respect to the rate of its flow, as measured by the volume of water passing different cross-sections in a given time, uniform regime being the condition when the flow is equal and uniform at all the cross sections. The ancient regime, or Ancien regime [F], the former political and social system, as distinguished from the modern; especially, the political and social system existing in France before the revolution of 1789.

See: regimen.

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