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The influence of sewer air was ruled out because there were no sewers.

Patent medicines and any questionable products were ruled out.

Photograph and picture are ruled out equally on the one count.

The mule, however, was ruled out by the judges, on the ground that he had "horse-blood" in him.

It follows from this view that the category of the possible is ruled out.

In these cases this symptom is ruled out for diagnotic purposes.

Voting and balloting, and speech-making were ruled out of order.

Its machinery was defective, however, and it was ruled out by the judges.

That ruled out the use of eight- and ten- and fifteen-gravity acceleration.

Anyone who challenges the crowds fictions must be ruled out of court.

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.

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