overrule

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verb over·rule \ˌō-və(r)-ˈrül\

Definition of overrule

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to rule over :  govern

  3. 2 :  to prevail over :  overcome

  4. 3a :  to rule againstb :  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

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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

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verb over·rule \ˌō-vər-ˈrül\

Definition of overrule for Students

overruled

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overruling

  1. 1 :  to decide against The judge overruled the objection.

  2. 2 :  to set aside a decision or ruling made by someone having less authority Mother overruled our plans.


Law Dictionary

overrule

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

Legal Definition of overrule

  1. 1 :  to rule against the objection was overruled — compare sustain

  2. 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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