Example sentences for: dictates

How can you use “dictates” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Most of today's independents are family-operated companies blighted by the biological law of "regression to the mean," which dictates that heirs are rarely as bright or motivated as founders (look at the San Francisco Chronicle ). So let's not reflexively mourn the gobbling of small media by big media.

  • A combination of Mexican and prison cultural values dictates the behavior of pintos inside prison and out on the street.

  • The WP 's Howard Kurtz reports that a forthcoming book on Al Gore says that after he had three daughters, he became a devotee of the book "How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby," and subsequently fathered a son after following the book's dictates, which included drinking strong caffeinated coffee before sex.

  • Nonetheless, his writings are too influential to be ignored, even if the provocative issues he raises are more usefully (and honestly) argued on the level of the policies they point to than on the level of what the Constitution dictates.

  • The lines apply to no one so well as the congressman from the 9 th District of Chicago, who must be the only politician left in the House who avoids publicity and whose style is to follow the dictates of his conscience without making a spectacle of himself doing so.


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