nonruling

adjective
non·​rul·​ing | \ ˌnän-ˈrü-liŋ How to pronounce nonruling (audio) \

Definition of nonruling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

nonruling

noun
plural nonrulings

Definition of nonruling (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

First Known Use of nonruling

Adjective

1832, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonruling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonruling. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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