Overrule O`ver*rule", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overruled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overruling}.] 1. To rule over; to govern or determine by superior authority. [1913 Webster]

2. To rule or determine in a contrary way; to decide against; to abrogate or alter; as, God overrules the purposes of men; the chairman overruled the point of order. [1913 Webster]

His passion and animosity overruled his conscience. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

These [difficulties] I had habitually overruled. --F. W. Newman. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) To supersede, reject, annul, or rule against; as, the plea, or the decision, was overruled by the court. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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