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ruling

noun

Simple Definition of ruling

  • : an official decision made by a judge, referee, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ruling

  1. :  an official or authoritative decision, decree, statement, or interpretation (as by a judge on a point of law)

Examples of ruling in a sentence

  1. The decision overturns the Supreme Court's earlier ruling.

  2. She disputed the referee's ruling.



15th Century

First Known Use of ruling

15th century


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ruling

adjective

Simple Definition of ruling

  • : having control and power over a country, area, group, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ruling

  1. 1 a :  exerting power or authority <the ruling party> b :  chief, predominating <a ruling passion>

  2. 2 :  generally prevailing

Examples of ruling in a sentence

  1. members of the ruling class

  2. <the ruling opinion on premarital sex>



1593

First Known Use of ruling

1593


RULING Defined for Kids

ruling

noun rul·ing \ˈrü-liŋ\

Definition of ruling for Students

  1. :  an official decision (as by a judge)




Law Dictionary

ruling

noun rul·ing

Legal Definition of ruling

  1. :  an official or authoritative determination, decree, statement, or interpretation (as by a judge on a question of law) <followed a previous ruling on the same question> — see also revenue ruling — compare decision, disposition, finding, holding, judgment, opinion, verdict





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