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overrule

[ oh-ver-rool ]
/ 藢o蕣 v蓹r藞rul /
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verb (used with object), o路ver路ruled, o路ver路rul路ing.
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.
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Origin of overrule

First recorded in 1570鈥80; over- + rule

OTHER WORDS FROM overrule

o路ver路rul路er, nouno路ver路rul路ing路ly, adverbun路o路ver路ruled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for overrule

overrule
/ (藢蓹蕣v蓹藞ru藧l) /

verb (tr)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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