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.

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Sisi wanted to be buried on the shores of the Mediterranean, but Franz Josef overruled her wishes and laid her instead in the Capuchin Crypt in Vienna. National Geographic, "Life for this Bavarian princess was no fairy tale," 14 May 2019 The firm said he is involved in the decision-making but doesn’t overrule the decisions of his team. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Jones After New Violations," 6 Sep. 2018 Trump can’t overrule the Flores settlement with the stroke of a pen. Dara Lind, Vox, "Flores agreement: Trump’s executive order to end family separation might run afoul of a 1997 court ruling," 20 June 2018 Officials announced late Thursday said that the all six towns had voted yes—but that the decision had been overruled by the wider vote of all Lanao del Norte residents. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Philippine Towns Blocked From Joining Muslim Self-Rule Region," 15 Feb. 2019 That's when the commission's competition unit urged a lawsuit that was ultimately overruled by the FTC's commissioners, who voted unanimously not to pursue charges against Google. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Senator to FTC: You guys really should look at Google one more time," 31 Aug. 2018 His clever deflection off a cross from Dani Carvajal was initially disallowed for offside, but the video assistant referee overruled the call at Kaliningrad Stadium. Mike Corder, chicagotribune.com, "Late goal gives Spain 2-2 draw with Morocco to reach last 16 in World Cup," 25 June 2018 That vote effectively changed the Senate’s rules by overruling the chair to set a new precedent. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The nuclear option, explained.," 21 Dec. 2018 Hence, Musk's impulsiveness and his fondness for overruling subordinates is a recipe for chaos in a car factory. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla is outgrowing Elon Musk," 29 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 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.

overrule

transitive verb
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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