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non·​rul·​ing ˌnän-ˈrü-liŋ How to pronounce nonruling (audio)
: not exerting power or authority : not ruling
nonruling parties
Thus 1100-1250 will be designated as Early Middle English, when only the nonruling classes used English.Garland Cannon


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plural nonrulings
: lack or absence of a ruling : the failure or refusal to issue a decisive ruling (as by a judge or governmental agency)
For strict constructionists, the nonruling allows the culture to sort out the arguments consistent with what clearly are changing social mores.Cal Thomas

Word History

First Known Use


1832, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonruling was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Nonruling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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