rule out


ruled out; ruling out; rules out

transitive verb

: to make impossible : prevent
heavy rain ruled out the picnic

Example Sentences

another loss would rule them out of the tournament
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rule out was circa 1658

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“Rule out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

rule out

: to eliminate the possibility of

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