What does rule out mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preclude, rule out, close out(verb)

    make impossible, especially beforehand

  2. rule out, rule in(verb)

    include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules

  3. rule out, eliminate, winnow out, reject(verb)

    dismiss from consideration or a contest

    "John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi"; "This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration"


  1. rule out(Verb)

    To cross an item out by drawing a straight line through it, as with a ruler.

  2. rule out(Verb)

    To reject an option from a list of possibilities.

  3. rule out(Verb)

    To make something impossible.

  4. rule out(Verb)

    to disallow


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rule out in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rule out in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andy Rooney:

    Don't rule out working with your hands. It does not preclude using your head.

  2. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz:

    I ca n’t rule out a suicide. I ca n’t rule out an accident. And I ca n’t rule in a homicide.

  3. Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd:

    We obviously know that a bullet killed Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, i ca n’t rule out a suicide. I ca n’t rule out an accident. And I ca n’t rule in a homicide.

  4. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond:

    We currently believe that three British people have been killed in this tragedy but we can't rule out the possibility there are further British people involved, the level of information on the flight manifest doesn't allow us to rule out that possibility.

  5. Donald Trump:

    We're going to have to start looking at people very closely because we can't allow this to happen to our country, i'm not ruling out anything. I don't rule out anything. If people come in and blow up people and shoot people and kill people, I don't rule out anything.

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