Origin of ruling
- 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
Synonyms for rule
Related Words for rulingdominant, edict, directive, decision, rule, verdict, finding, law, resolution, order, upper, overriding, central, leading, reigning, sovereign, controlling, commanding, cardinal, current
Examples from the Web for ruling
Contemporary Examples of ruling
That ruling is binding law in the United States, no matter what the former vice president says.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 14
December 14, 2014
The constitutional problem with this ruling, experts say, is that it places an extra burden on women for being pregnant.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences
December 12, 2014
“It is well established that a fetus is not a ‘person’; rather it is a sui generis organism,” the ruling stated.Court Says Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Isn’t a Crime
December 9, 2014
That ruling was affirmed in a final judgment by the Afghan courts, which the Afghan Supreme Court confirmed in 2013.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
Muslim leaders have accused the ruling elite of carrying out what they see as religious persecution.Al-Shabab’s Anti-Christian Slaughter
December 3, 2014
Historical Examples of ruling
We commonly make it the last, if we ever make it at all; but it is the first and the ruling one.The Conquest of Fear
His father was a Presbyterian of the Scotch type, and a ruling elder in the church.Cleveland Past and Present
But how could any political discretion on the part of the ruling classes have prevented this?Freeland
Though some achieved wealth, yet this was rarely, if ever, the ruling motive.Self-Help
His real name was Li, and he belonged to the ruling Tang dynasty.The Chinese Fairy Book
- 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
Word Origin for rule
"determination by a judge or court on a point arising in the course of a trial or hearing," 1550s, verbal noun from rule (v.).
c.1200, "principle or maxim governing conduct, formula to which conduct must be conformed" from Old French riule, Norman reule "rule, custom, (religious) order" (in Modern French partially re-Latinized as règle), from Vulgar Latin *regula, from Latin regula "straight stick, bar, ruler;" figuratively "a pattern, a model," related to regere "to rule, straighten, guide" (see regal). Replaced Old English wealdan.
Meaning "regulation governing play of a game, etc." is from 1690s. Phrase rule of thumb first attested 1690s. Rule of law "supremacy of impartial and well-defined laws to any individual's power" is from 1883. Meaning "strip used for making straight lines or measuring" is recorded from mid-14c. Typography sense is attested from 1680s.
c.1200, "to control, guide, direct," from Old French riuler "impose rule," from Latin regulare (see regulate). Legal sense "establish by decision" is recorded from early 15c. Meaning "mark with lines" is from 1590s. Meaning "to dominate, prevail" is from 1874. "Rule Brittania," patriotic song, is from 1740. Related: Ruled; ruling.
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