Definitions for overruleˌoʊ vərˈrul

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•ruleˌoʊ vərˈrul(v.t.)-ruled, -rul•ing.

  1. to rule against or disallow the arguments of (a person).

  2. to rule against (a plea, argument, etc.); reject.

  3. to prevail over so as to change the purpose or action.

  4. to exercise control or influence over.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverse(verb)

    rule against

    "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overrule(verb)ˌoʊ vərˈrul

    to use authority, especially legal authority, to change a decision or information

    The judge overruled the lawyer's objection.


  1. overrule(Verb)

    To nullify a previous ruling by a higher power.

    The line judge signalled the ball was in, but this was overruled by the umpire.

  2. overrule(Verb)

    To dismiss or throw out a protest at a court.

Translations for overrule

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to go against a judgement that has already been made

The judge overruled the previous decision.

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