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RULE OUT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rule out mean? 

RULE OUT (verb)
  The verb RULE OUT has 3 senses:

1. make impossible, especially beforehand
2. include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules
3. dismiss from consideration or a contest

  Familiarity information: RULE OUT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RULE OUT (verb)


Sense 1rule out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make impossible, especially beforehand

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

close out; rule out; preclude

Hypernyms (to "rule out" is one way to...):

eliminate; obviate; rid of (do away with)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2rule out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

rule in; rule out

Hypernyms (to "rule out" is one way to...):

decree; rule (decide with authority)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3rule out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dismiss from consideration or a contest

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

winnow out; rule out; eliminate; reject

Context examples:

John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi / This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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