I happened to find that definition of the word, ‘regimen’ has the meaning of ‘governing word’ such as prepositions (sic from Reader’s English Japanese Dictionary) besides a popular notion of ‘a set of rules about food and exercise or medical treatment to stay healthy, or improve one’s health.’

What does ‘regimen’ as a grammatical term mean? What are they? How do they function? Are they different from simple modifiers such as adjectives and subordinate clauses?

  • I came across it in a book on biblical figures of speech, ie the figure antimereia...see e.w. Bullinger Very interesting
    – user152383
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 1:18

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The Oxford English Dictionary’s third definition of regimen is:

Grammar. The relation of a word, clause, etc. to the word that governs it. Also: a case, word, or phrase so governed by another word. Now rare.

I have never come across it with this meaning myself. Since the OED describes it as rare it is probably best avoided.

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