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  1. rule outverb

    reject, eliminate

    allow, consider, rule in

  2. rule outverb

    To cross an item out by drawing a straight line through it, as with a ruler.

    reject, eliminate

    allow, rule in, consider

  3. rule outverb

    To reject an option from a list of possibilities.

    As John Doe had an alibi, the police were able to rule him out as a suspect.

    reject, eliminate

    allow, consider, rule in

  4. rule outverb

    To make something impossible.

    The constant rain ruled out any chance of a game of tennis.

    reject, eliminate

    allow, rule in, consider

  5. rule outverb

    to disallow

    eliminate, reject

    allow, consider, rule in

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. preclude, rule out, close outverb

    make impossible, especially beforehand

    forbid, rule in, preclude, winnow out, prevent, forestall, eliminate, foreclose, close out, reject

  2. rule out, rule inverb

    include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules

    close out, winnow out, eliminate, reject, preclude, rule in

  3. rule out, eliminate, winnow out, rejectverb

    dismiss from consideration or a contest

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

    freeze off, reject, excrete, wipe out, decline, scorn, obviate, decimate, get rid of, winnow out, carry off, egest, spurn, pass up, rule in, annihilate, extinguish, pooh-pooh, turn away, eliminate, disapprove, disdain, rid of, pass, close out, refuse, do away with, resist, turn down, preclude, eradicate

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  1. The European Court of Justice:

    However, in the absence of such a rule, the willingness of an employer to take account of the wishes of a customer no longer to have the employer’s services provided by a worker wearing an Islamic headscarf cannot be considered an occupational requirement that could rule out discrimination.

  2. Andrea Ghez:

    Einstein's right, at least for now, we can absolutely rule out Newton's law of gravity. Our observations are consistent with Einstein's theory of general relativity. However, Albert Einstein theory is definitely showing vulnerability. It can not fully explain gravity inside a black hole, and at some point we will need to move beyond Einstein's theory to a more comprehensive theory of gravity that explains what a black hole is.

  3. Jonah Goldberg:

    I think you can never rule out incompetence as an explanation for anything in Washington.

  4. European Council:

    We can’t rule out border closures, but want to prevent them though cooperation within the European Union.

  5. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer:

    The chancellor and the government are elected for a full term and citizens are right to expect that they take this mandate seriously, speaking for myself, I can rule out that I am working in my own interest for a change.

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