ruling

The official decision a judge makes is a ruling. You can also use this word as an adjective, to describe something or someone in charge, like a ruling political party.

The group with political power in a country might be described as the ruling coalition, and the government itself could be called the ruling authority. When it's a noun, the word ruling has a legal meaning: it's the court's opinion. This definition dates from the 1550s, from the verb rule, from its Latin root regula, "straight stick or bar."

Definitions of ruling
1

adj exercising power or authority

Synonyms:
regnant, reigning
powerful
having great power or force or potency or effect

n the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)

Synonyms:
opinion
Examples:
Bakke decision
a ruling by the Supreme Court on affirmative action; the Court ruled in 1978 that medical schools are entitled to consider race as a factor in their admission policy
Types:
fatwa
a ruling on a point of Islamic law that is given by a recognized authority
Type of:
judgement, judgment, judicial decision
(law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it

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