preclude, rule out, close out(verb)
make impossible, especially beforehand
rule out, rule in(verb)
include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules
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
To cross an item out by drawing a straight line through it, as with a ruler.
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.
To make something impossible.
The constant rain ruled out any chance of a game of tennis.
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How to use rule out in a sentence?
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.
They are looking for greater distance and accuracy, they can still miss by hundreds of metres, but that doesn't rule out firing against a city or a very large airfield.
We are not out to destroy and to rule out genuine antiques and pieces of real cultural value that date back hundreds of years, we're not philistines.
I rule out that the atmosphere is one of war, it is one of a response to an attack, everything will be decided at its time.
We are still checking for damage, we are checking the coast, we cannot rule out any incident in the coastal area.
Translations for rule out
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- حکومت کردنPersian
- sulkea pois, hylätä, estää, yliviivataFinnish
- interdire, biffer, exclure, barrer, écarter, éliminerFrench
- खारिज करनाHindi
- 除外, 排除Japanese
- исключить, исключатьRussian
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