- 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 self-rule
The PKK has been fighting for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey since 1984 in a war that has cost more than 40,000 lives.PKK Kurdish Terrorists Are Fighting IS Terrorists With U.S. Help|Thomas Seibert|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I have asked you about Home or Self-Rule; you are discussing foreign rule.
It is the want of this self-rule that is the cause of so much that is bad in the world.The Book of One Syllable|Esther Bakewell
I am individually working for the self-rule pictured therein.
Yet in the same apostrophe to rebellion, Jefferson declares that the French people were too shallow for self-rule.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 1 of 4)|Albert J. Beveridge
There was no self-rule, and the mass of the French people were illiterate and miserably poor.The Ifs of History|Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
British Dictionary definitions for self-rule (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for self-rule (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 self-rule
Idioms and Phrases with self-rule
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