overrule

verb
over·​rule | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrül How to pronounce overrule (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Republican legislatures rebuffed requests to overrule the vote counts. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "This Is Not a Coup — Just a Very Cynical Fraud," 4 Jan. 2021 The strategy has relied on recounts in several states that so far haven’t helped him, legal cases that have nearly all been dismissed, and appeals to state lawmakers to overrule the popular vote. Tribune News Service, al, "Trump says it’ll be hard for election lawsuits to reach top court," 30 Nov. 2020 Asked about these decisions during her hearings, Barrett suggested judges should not overrule legislatures based on their own policy preferences. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "How will Justice Amy Coney Barrett change the US economy?," 26 Oct. 2020 One worry is that originalist justices will overrule modern decisions that Americans hold dear. Lawrence B. Solum, Star Tribune, "Judge Barrett is an originalist. That needn't make you afraid.," 19 Oct. 2020 All Ohio members of Congress voted to overrule Trump except for Republicans Jim Jordan of Champaign County and Warren Davidson of Miami County, who also voted against the bill earlier this month in solidarity with Trump. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "House votes to override Trump defense bill veto but approves a $2,000 pandemic relief payment he sought," 29 Dec. 2020 That means Democrats in Washington could overrule Iowa voters to seat a co-partisan and grow their majority. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Now Who’s Contesting Elections?," 4 Dec. 2020 The strategy has relied on recounts in several states that so far haven’t helped him, legal cases that have nearly all been dismissed, and appeals to state lawmakers to overrule the popular vote. Tribune News Service, al, "Trump says it’ll be hard for election lawsuits to reach top court," 30 Nov. 2020 The strategy has relied on recounts in several states that so far haven’t helped him, legal cases that have nearly all been dismissed, and appeals to state lawmakers to overrule the popular vote. Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Says It’ll Be Hard For Election Suits to Reach Top Court," 29 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of overrule

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overrule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overrule. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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overrule

verb
How to pronounce overrule (audio)

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 How to pronounce overrule (audio) \
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.
over·​rule | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrül How to pronounce overrule (audio) \

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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