overrule

verb over·rule \ ˌō-vər-ˈrül , ˌō-və- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of overrule

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

Examples of overrule in a Sentence

  1. The judge overruled the objection.

  2. His conviction was overruled by the supreme court.

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First Known Use of overrule

1576


OVERRULE Defined for English Language Learners

overrule

verb

Definition of overrule for English Language Learners

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


OVERRULE Defined for Kids

overrule

verb over·rule \ ˌō-vər-ˈrül \

Definition of overrule for Students

overruled; overruling
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.

Law Dictionary

overrule

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

legal Definition of overrule

1 :to rule against
  • the objection was overruled
— compare sustain
2 a :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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