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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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How to use rule out in a sentence?

  1. Anura Wijepala:

    I will not rule out sabotage because the repetition within two or three weeks' time is quite similar in nature, we have informed the government analysts and police to do an investigation.

  2. Cathy Seifert:

    I definitely would not rule out the U.S..

  3. Pyotr Neimyshev:

    It's more or less calm at the moment ... exporters are selling foreign currency, perhaps not entirely of their own free will, we could end the year at around 52-53 rubles per dollar, but after the holidays (Jan. 1-11), I don't rule out that foreign currency will strengthen. I wouldn't leave long positions in the ruble over the holidays.

  4. James Dodgson:

    I can't even rule out some isolated tornadoes... We have a very serious situation as we have a very big hurricane moving by to our north.

  5. Tim Pawlenty:

    Don't underestimate Donald Trump's abilities here. This is somebody, if he gets a little more experienced, a little more measured, could be a lot more serious and a lot more competitive than anyone ever could have imagined, the likely nominees in my view are going to be Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Waker ... and I wouldn't rule out Donald Trump.

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