- 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.
Words nearby rule
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Origin of rule
OTHER WORDS FROM rule
synonym study for rule
British Dictionary definitions for rule out (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for rule out (2 of 2)
- 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 out
Idioms and Phrases with rule out (1 of 2)
Eliminate from consideration, exclude, as in The option of starting over again has been ruled out. [Second half of 1800s]
Prevent, make impossible, as in The snowstorm ruled out our weekly rehearsal. [First half of 1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with rule out (2 of 2)
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