ruling

[ roo-ling ]
/ ˈru lɪŋ /

noun

an authoritative decision, as one by a judge on a debated point of law.
the act of drawing straight lines with a ruler.
ruled lines.

adjective

governing or dominating: the ruling party.
controlling; predominating: the ruling factor in recovery from an illness.
widespread; prevalent: ruling prices; ruling values.

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Origin of ruling

1175–1225; Middle English (gerund); see rule, -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM ruling

non·rul·ing, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ruling

ruling
/ (ˈruːlɪŋ) /

noun

a decision of someone in authority, such as a judge
one or more parallel ruled lines

adjective

controlling or exercising authoritythe ruling classes
prevalent or predominant
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