overrule

verb
over·​rule | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrül , ˌō-və-\
overruled; overruling; overrules

Definition of overrule

transitive verb

1 : to rule over : govern
2 : to prevail over : overcome
3a : to rule against
b : to set aside : reverse

Examples of overrule in a Sentence

The judge overruled the objection. His conviction was overruled by the supreme court.

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This time around, though, Trump seems to have overruled their objections. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump will reportedly remove 7,000 troops from Afghanistan," 21 Dec. 2018 So there actually can be, if the community decides to overrule the council, that is possible as well. Recode Staff, Recode, "Podcaster Manoush Zomorodi explains blockchain and how it might fix the media," 17 July 2018 First, the software doesn’t rely on a single algorithm making the decision, but a group of them, and each is trained independently so that any freak error will be overruled by the majority. James Vincent, The Verge, "DeepMind’s AI can detect over 50 eye diseases as accurately as a doctor," 13 Aug. 2018 The court in recent years has had scores of opportunities to overrule earlier decisions and has taken a pass, according to the Supreme Court Database, a research facility housed at Washington University School of Law. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court on the verge of reversing some of its old decisions," 9 Feb. 2018 The courts have overruled the department on this issue before. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Former Seattle student suing DeVos over student debt incurred at deceptive for-profit school," 28 Nov. 2018 Moreover, the court overruled a 41-year-old precedent that allowed public employee unions to collect fees from non-members, a decision viewed as a major blow for Democrats. Washington Post, "Analysis: GOP’s long-term Supreme Court strategy pays off," 29 June 2018 But the Academy's governors committee overruled that vote and rescinded the invite, as Cartoon Brew first reported Wednesday. Michael Cavna, chicagotribune.com, "Kobe Bryant voted into the film Academy after Oscar win — but then the invite was rescinded," 21 June 2018 The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday that her objection was overruled. Fox News, "Details of Florida boy's short, troubled life emerge," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of overrule

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overrule

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overrule

: to decide that (something or someone) is wrong : to rule against (something or someone)

overrule

verb
over·​rule | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrül \
overruled; overruling

Kids Definition of overrule

1 : to decide against The judge overruled the objection.
2 : to set aside a decision or ruling made by someone having less authority Mother overruled our plans.

overrule

transitive verb
over·​rule | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrül \

Legal Definition of overrule

1 : to rule against the objection was overruled — compare sustain
2a : to rule against upon review by virtue of a higher authority : set aside, reverse the appeals court overruled the trial court's decision
b : to set aside as a precedent or guide did not intend to overrule prior jurisprudence in that area refused to overrule the landmark case — compare follow

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