- a formal order or direction made by a court, as for governing the procedure of the court (general rule ) or for sending the case before a referee (special rule ).
- a legal principle.
- a court order in a particular case.
- a fixed area in the neighborhood of certain prisons within which certain prisoners were allowed to live.
- the freedom of such an area.
verb (used with object), ruled, rul·ing.
verb (used without object), ruled, rul·ing.
- to prove to be unrelated or not for consideration; eliminate; exclude: to rule out the possibility of error.
- to make impossible or impracticable: The rainstorm ruled out the holiday camping.
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synonym study for rule
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Example sentences from the Web for rule
Our guys have been great about the rules and we’re adjusting.The NBA’s week of controversies show how hard life is outside of the bubble|Ben Golliver|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
My rule of thumb is that if it cooks quickly at a high heat on the stovetop, it will cook quickly under the high heat of a broiler, too.
General rules and guidelines are not likely to be the way to go, she says.New technology can get inside your head. Are you ready?|Laura Sanders|February 11, 2021|Science News For Students
He went back and forth over the legislature’s proposed vaccination rules and has struggled to convince teachers and administrators to reopen schools.California’s Gavin Newsom Will Likely Face A Recall Election — But He’ll Probably Survive It|Geoffrey Skelley (email@example.com)|February 10, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
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Obviously, the first obligation of all liberal democratic governments is to enforce the rule of law.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And so the same creeping rot of the rule of law that the administration has inflicted on immigration now bedevils our drug laws.
Rule 16(c) was a proposed change in the rules at the 1976 Republican Convention.
The rule of law, you see, buckles, bends and sometimes crumbles under the weight of racism, sexism, and classism.
His rule over the country came to an end in 1979 when the director of the KCIA shot Park and his bodyguard to death at dinner.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All elements of expression modify each other, so that no mere rule can cover all cases.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
As a rule, however, even in the case of extreme varieties, a careful examination of the specimen will enable it to be identified.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
He set down as the second the golden rule, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them.”The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Hence arise factions, dissensions, and loss to their religious interests and work; and these intruders seek to rule the others.
This impulse to extend rule appears more plainly in many of the little ceremonial observances of the child.Children's Ways|James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for rule
- a printed or drawn character in the form of a long thin line
- another name for dash 1 (def. 13) en rule; em rule
- a strip of brass or other metal used to print such a line
Derived forms of rulerulable, adjective
Word Origin for rule
Medical definitions for rule
Idioms and Phrases with rule
In addition to the idioms beginning with rule
- rule of thumb
- rule out
- rule the roost
- as a rule
- exception proves the rule
- ground rules