- 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.
Origin of rule
Examples from the Web for rules
Rule 16(c) was a proposed change in the rules at the 1976 Republican Convention.
The rules change would have required all candidates to do the same.
We have reached a tipping point in the culture where Americans are now trained to look to the rules instead of their own judgment.
But they refused to cross the street to help because, they told bystanders, the rules required them instead to call 911.
But millions of rules result in perpetual error, and, as a terminal side effect, make leadership and accomplishment illegal.
This fop, played by Griffin, is for winning a beauty by the rules of metaphysics.Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 1 of 3)|John Doran
It sees its business as a mere play upon the rules of a game between man and man, or between men and men.God The Invisible King|Herbert George Wells
Erckmann felt that rules must be observed even in baccarat, even as played by Beaumorris.Sonia Between two Worlds|Stephen McKenna
He was subject to no rules; indeed, he believed that an artist must set aside all rules if he would excel.A History of Art for Beginners and Students|Clara Erskine Clement
He has already left the Adrians and their visitors much longer than courtesy and the rules of fiction allow.Rogues and Vagabonds|George R. Sims
British Dictionary definitions for rules (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for rules (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 Formsrulable, adjective
Word Origin for rule
Medicine definitions for rules
Idioms and Phrases with rules
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