- 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
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Examples from the Web for overrule
He tried to contact a Health Republic doctor to overrule the nurse and get approval for payment.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
I had set "Finis" to that chapter; was fate minded to overrule me and write more?Simon Dale
He had not shown the ability to overrule with reason his animal instincts.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
Judge Russel: I overrule that question, and you need not answer it.
He does not say, I will so overrule all others that no one shall slay thee.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II
Other men may overrule other women, perhaps; I know my place too well.A Pessimist
- 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
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