rule out

Primary Meanings of rule out

1.
v
include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules
2.
v
make impossible, especially beforehand
Full Definitions of rule out
1

v include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules

Synonyms:
rule in
Type of:
decree, rule
decide with authority

v dismiss from consideration or a contest

“John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi”
Synonyms:
eliminate, reject, winnow out
2

v make impossible, especially beforehand

Synonyms:
close out, preclude
Type of:
eliminate, obviate, rid of
do away with

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