• WordNet 3.6
    • v overrule rule against "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Overrule To be superior or supreme in rulling or controlling; as, God rules and overrules .
    • Overrule 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. "His passion and animosity overruled his conscience.""These [difficulties] I had habitually overruled ."
    • Overrule To rule over; to govern or determine by superior authority.
    • Overrule (Law) To supersede, reject, annul, or rule against; as, the plea, or the decision, was overruled by the court.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overrule To rule against; reject; pronounce to be invalid or untenable; set aside: as, the plea was overruled.
    • overrule To have sway over; exercise rule or controlling influence over; control.
    • overrule To influence or turn in another direction, or to another course of action, by greater authority or power: as, the accident was over-ruled for good.
    • overrule To exercise control; prevail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overrule ō-vėr-rōōl′ to rule over: to influence or to set aside by greater power:
    • v.i Overrule to prevail
    • v.t Overrule ō-vėr-rōōl′ (law) to reject or declare to be invalid
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In literature:

But the other two were a majority, and he was overruled; was this the way it was, or wasn't there anything in form said about it?
"An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony" by Anonymous
He was, however, overruled by Burgundy, who had nominally chief command.
"In the Irish Brigade" by G. A. Henty
But at this moment one of those events, by which Providence overrules the calculations of man, occurred.
"Orange and Green" by G. A. Henty
He knew what he was about when he overruled Judge Hollenback's objection.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
At the same time all contrary decisions were explicitly overruled.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
But though he caused me much trouble at times, a higher power overruled things for my good.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Whatever be our personal infirmities, He whom we serve can overrule or supersede them.
"Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists" by James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Stephen
If Heaven be the overruling physician of the evils of the mind, nature is a sovereign remedy.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
This motion however was overruled by a considerable majority.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Mrs. Carey overruled all objections and laughed away all difficulties.
"Golden Stories" by Various

In poetry:

We overrule and overteach,
We curb and we confine,
And put the heart to school too soon,
To learn our narrow line.
"Children" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
'The grass-path hardly can be stepped.
The lane is like a pool!' —
Her dream is shown to be inept,
Her wish they overrule.
"The Satin Shoes" by Thomas Hardy
He overrules all mortal things,
And manages our mean affairs;
On humble souls the King of kings
Bestows his counsels and his cares.
"Hymn 46" by Isaac Watts
Where Reason loathes, there Fancy loves,
And overrules the captive will;
Foes senses are to Virtue's lore,
They draw the wit their wish to fill.
"Man's Civil War" by Robert Southwell
She ceased to speak, and we, unanswering turned to go–
We had no further power to work the captive woe;
Her cheek, he gleaming eye, declared that man had given
A sentence unapproved, and overruled by Heaven.
"The Prisoner: Pt 1" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

Agency could overrule other examiners on consumer issues Updated links.
"If my case is not overruled, there is no justice in America for anyone.".
The will of voters overruled again on affirmative action.
The will of voters overruled again on affirmative action .
Senate Education Chairman Fran Millar, R-Atlanta, said "the concept is good," but he questioned Barge 's timing so soon after voters overruled the superintendent on charter schools.
"I always thought that judgment calls couldn't be overruled," he said.
The City Council late Thursday overruled a hotly disputed staff decision on a planned 7- Eleven store near the Burlingame border, setting in motion comprehensive hearings on the controversial subject.
Referees can reject the use of goal-line technology or even overrule it in the Club World Cup, which starts this week in Japan, a senior FIFA official says.
He said he wanted Houshmandzadeh in July but was overruled by owner Al Davis.
Czech Parliament Overrules Reach Veto.
The report, ordered by Gov Andrew Cuomo, found considerable mismanagement of state racetracks by the New York Racing Association, particularly in leaving veterinarians' reports on horse safety subject to overrule by racing officials.
Sweet memories of rhubarb overrule voice of reason.
Proposition 2, if passed, would amend our state Constitution, from this point forward, to allow leaders of government unions to overrule legislation passed by our state and local representatives, who have been elected by us.
UC Davis Police Chief Overrules Panel, Fires Pepper- Spray Officer.
Most of these items aren't too expensive, don't take up too much space and any inconvenience they may cause you to carry should be overruled because they just might save your life.

In science:

With increasing ǫ initially the first effect dominates but gradually the second effect overrules the first.
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
Obviously, Tweety will not fly, here because the predicate ”dead” is very strong and overrules many normal properties.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems
When we generalize this, we might have a hierarchy of causes, where one overrules the other, or the result may be undecided.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems
The only ESA body that could overrule the normal procedure (following which nations should fund and prepare the payload) was the SPC.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
The flux transport dynamo could become a serious model of the solar cycle only after Choudhuri, Sch¨ussler & Dikpati (1995) demonstrated that a sufficiently strong meridional circulation could overrule the Parker–Yoshimura sign rule and make the dynamo wave propagate in the correct direction.
Dynamo models of grand minima