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[ rool ]SEE DEFINITION OF rule out

Synonyms for rule out

  • avert
  • ban
  • cancel
  • dismiss
  • eliminate
  • forbid
  • preclude
  • prevent
  • prohibit
  • revoke
  • suspend
  • abolish
  • bate
  • count out
  • debar
  • deter
  • except
  • forestall
  • forfend
  • leave out
  • not consider
  • obviate
  • proscribe
  • recant
  • stave off
  • ward off
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Antonyms for rule out

  • accept
  • aid
  • allow
  • approve
  • authorize
  • help
  • keep
  • permit
  • sanction
  • welcome
  • add
  • include
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RULE OUT

Deformities of the pelvis, etc., should rule out a consideration of pregnancy.

We are at present far too ill-informed to rule out such a guess.

I think we can rule out the porter for he was in there only once or twice.

We do not rule out purpose, but we approve because the purpose was good.

I've been working with scientists for too long to rule out anything as impossible.

A few I can rule out, because they would only cause part of the gate to fail.

Experience does not rule out the possible cropping up of a new problem which may shift the values attained.

Rule out frontal attack and Joe's at the end of his tactics.

"'Master' is a word I should rule out of the dictionary," she replied.

Do you rule out scenery as well as sport from amongst the joys of travel?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "principle or maxim governing conduct, formula to which conduct must be conformed" from Old French riule, Norman reule "rule, custom, (religious) order" (in Modern French partially re-Latinized as règle), from Vulgar Latin *regula, from Latin regula "straight stick, bar, ruler;" figuratively "a pattern, a model," related to regere "to rule, straighten, guide" (see regal). Replaced Old English wealdan.

Meaning "regulation governing play of a game, etc." is from 1690s. Phrase rule of thumb first attested 1690s. Rule of law "supremacy of impartial and well-defined laws to any individual's power" is from 1883. Meaning "strip used for making straight lines or measuring" is recorded from mid-14c. Typography sense is attested from 1680s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RULE OUT

avert

verbthwart; avoid by turning away
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