rule out


ruled out; ruling out; rules out

transitive verb

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

Examples of rule out in a Sentence

another loss would rule them out of the tournament
Recent Examples on the Web An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, the weather service said. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 3 June 2024 Tornado potential is low, but can’t be ruled out as its still severe weather season for the region. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 May 2024 Damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threat on Friday but the possibility of a few potential tornadoes cannot be ruled out from northern Texas to Nebraska. Max Golembo, ABC News, 23 May 2024 There is no specific test for Bell's palsy, though doctors may order tests to rule out other conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rule out 

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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 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

rule out

: to eliminate the possibility of

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