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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 WordNet

  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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How to use rule out in a sentence?

  1. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal:

    The idea we would rule out ground troops is ridiculous.

  2. Ben Suh:

    It's difficult to rule out that if the Covid-19 impact expands or becomes more prolonged, carriers may decide to delay 5G investment, which may have a negative impact on our business.

  3. Doris Kirsch:

    One surely is scared. After all, you can't rule out that something might also happen here, but life goes on and we should keep our chins up.

  4. Manuel Lpez Obradorurged:

    There could be a change to their laws because it is stunning what is happening, unfortunate and very powerful, i dont rule out that they could change their constitution and laws. These are new times; you have to always be adjusting the legal framework to the new reality.

  5. Colleen Johnston:

    Next year we would expect credit losses to rise in line with volume growth, we are very focused on organic growth and we know we have lots of opportunities there. That's not to rule out M&A (mergers and acquisitions), but we don't have anything coming to fruition at this point.

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