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verb (tr, adverb)

to dismiss from consideration
to make impossible; preclude or preventthe rain ruled out outdoor games

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rule out

1

Eliminate from consideration, exclude, as in The option of starting over again has been ruled out. [Second half of 1800s]

2

Prevent, make impossible, as in The snowstorm ruled out our weekly rehearsal. [First half of 1900s]

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