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Synonyms for rule out

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  1. preclude, rule out, close out(verb)

    make impossible, especially beforehand

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

  2. rule out, rule in(verb)

    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, reject(verb)

    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


  1. rule out(verb)

    reject, eliminate

    rule in, allow, consider

  2. rule out(verb)

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

    reject, eliminate

    allow, rule in, consider

  3. rule out(verb)

    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.

    eliminate, reject

    rule in, consider, allow

  4. rule out(verb)

    To make something impossible.

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

    eliminate, reject

    consider, rule in, allow

  5. rule out(verb)

    to disallow

    eliminate, reject

    allow, consider, rule in

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  1. Dick Durbin:

    Career professionals put technology as their highest priority. And let me add, in fairness to them, they don't rule out barriers. They don't rule out fences. But that isn't their first priority.

  2. Nick Clegg:

    I totally rule out any arrangements with the SNP — in the same way I rule out any arrangements with UKIP — because there is no meeting point for me with one party that basically wants to pull our country to bits and another party that wants us to pull out of the EU, i would never recommend to the Liberal Democrats that we help establish a government which is basically on a life support system, where Alex Salmond could pull the plug any time he wants.

  3. Brendan Zietsch:

    We can't rule out the possibility that extreme environmental events, like famine, could affect offspring sex ratios. But we can say for sure that the variability of environments that Swedes born after 1932 experienced did not affect their having boys or girls.

  4. Lothar Wieler:

    We cannot rule out that we will have more patients than ventilators in this country ... Of course, we must expect that the capacities will not be sufficient.

  5. Reinaldo Romero:

    Up to now there are nine dead and five injured, we are doing a check to rule out other victims.

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