- a heading on a document.；a category
noun: rubric, plural noun: rubrics
- 1. a heading on a document.
- ▪ a category such ideas fall naturally under the rubric of postmodernism
- 2. a set of instructions or rules.
- ▪ a direction in a liturgical book as to how a church service should be conducted.
- ▪ a statement of purpose or function art for a purpose, not for its own sake, was his rubric
- a heading on a document.
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