Definition of Ruling

1. Noun. The reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself).

Exact synonyms: Opinion
Generic synonyms: Judgement, Judgment, Judicial Decision
Specialized synonyms: Bakke Decision
Specialized synonyms: Fatwa
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Rule

2. Adjective. Exercising power or authority.
Exact synonyms: Regnant, Reigning
Similar to: Powerful

Definition of Ruling

1. a. Predominant; chief; reigning; controlling; as, a ruling passion; a ruling sovereign.

2. n. The act of one who rules; ruled lines.

Definition of Ruling

1. Adjective. That rules or rule. ¹

2. Noun. An order or a decision on a point of law from someone in authority. ¹

3. Verb. (present participle of rule) ¹

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Definition of Ruling

1. an authoritative decision [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ruling

rules against perpetuities
rules are made to be broken
rules lawyer
rules lawyers
rules of order
rules of the road
rules of thumb
rules on
ruling (current term)
ruling on
ruling pen

Literary usage of Ruling

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

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"Under the above ruling, the verdict was authorized by the evidence; and, the motion for a new trial containing only the usual general grounds, the court did ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"Objection sustained, and defendant excepted to the ruling. year of our Lord 1882, and on divers other days, continuously, between said first day of June, ..."

3. Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society by American Mathematical Society (1919)
"If in (I) all points of the ruling are flat points sin ^ = 0 for any orthogonal trajectory satisfying the requirements of § 1; the ruling is the principal ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1920)
"On the contrary, we are of opinion that when correctly tested It becomes apparent that the action of the court below Involved only a ruling upon a question ..."

5. Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil by William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1920)
"... VI OF THE ruling OF MEN THE ruling of men is the effort to direct the individual actions of many persons toward some end. This end theoretically should ..."

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