the precept that one should behave toward others as one would want others to behave toward oneself: see Matt. 7:12; Luke 6:31
- often Golden Rulea. The ethical principle that one should behave toward others as one would have others behave toward oneself.b. An expression of this principle, especially the words of Jesus in the New Testament verses Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31.
- A fundamental principle to be followed in order to ensure success in general or in a particular undertaking: the golden rule of investing.