Definition of Rule out

1. Verb. Make impossible, especially beforehand.

Exact synonyms: Close Out, Preclude
Generic synonyms: Eliminate, Obviate, Rid Of
Derivative terms: Preclusive

2. Verb. Include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules.
Exact synonyms: Rule In
Generic synonyms: Decree, Rule

3. Verb. Dismiss from consideration or a contest. "This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration"
Exact synonyms: Eliminate, Reject, Winnow Out

Definition of Rule out

1. Verb. (transitive) To cross an item out by drawing a straight line through it, as with a ruler. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic transitive) To reject an option from a list of possibilities. ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic transitive) To make something impossible. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to disallow ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rule Out

rule of bigeminy
rule of coss
rule of cy pres
rule of evidence
rule of grammar
rule of law
rule of morphology
rule of nines
rule of outlet
rule of reason
rule of recognition
rule of the road
rule of thirds
rule of thumb
rule on
rule out (current term)
rule over
rule the roost
rule the school
rule with an iron fist
ruled on

Literary usage of Rule out

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Mercersburg Review by Alumni Association, Pa.) Marshall College (Mercersburg (1852)
"be undertakes to rule out of court the mind of the ancient church, as varying from such arbitrary rule it must of course vary to the same extent ..."

2. Bookkeeping and Accountancy: Presenting the Art of Bookkeeping in Accordance by Harry Marc Rowe (1910)
"rule out the items that balance on each side of the account as the ... (rule out balancing items.} -- APRIL 24. Sold him merchandise on account, $15. ..."

3. The Encyclopædia of Evidence by Edgar Whittlesey Camp, John Finley Crowe (1908)
"The defendant thereupon moved the court to rule out the testimony of the ... All that appears by the record, is the motion to rule out the testimony, ..."

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