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[oh-ver-rool] /ˌoʊ vərˈrul/
verb (used with object), overruled, overruling.
to rule against or disallow the arguments of (a person):
The senator was overruled by the committee chairman.
to rule or decide against (a plea, argument, etc.); reject:
to overrule an objection.
to prevail over so as to change the purpose or action:
a delay that overruled our plans.
to exercise control or influence over:
belief in a beneficent deity that overrules the universe.
Origin of overrule
First recorded in 1570-80; over- + rule
Related forms
overruler, noun
overrulingly, adverb
unoverruled, adjective Unabridged
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  • The educated Greeks were tolerant because they were friends of reason and did not set up any authority to overrule reason.

  • Was it mere slavishness of mind on my part not to overrule her timid will?

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • I took advantage of a moment's pause to combat this idea of separation which seemed to overrule him.

    The Empress Josephine Louise Muhlbach
  • I had set "Finis" to that chapter; was fate minded to overrule me and write more?

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
  • In this case, the interest of the church, and of the souls of many, must overrule the interest of wife and family.

  • He had not shown the ability to overrule with reason his animal instincts.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Nothing will more affect and awe the heart, and overrule it in the matters of religion, than the true knowledge of God.

  • But he was reassuring and confident, and she allowed his judgment to overrule hers.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Congress did not overrule their count; consequently, the false count stood as law under the act of Congress.

British Dictionary definitions for overrule


verb (transitive)
to disallow the arguments of (a person) by the use of authority
to rule or decide against (an argument, decision, etc)
to prevail over, dominate, or influence
to exercise rule over
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Word Origin and History for overrule

"rule against; set aside, as by a higher authority," 1590s, from over- + rule (v.). It was used earlier in a sense "to govern, control" (1570s). Related: Overruled; overruling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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