rule out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rule out 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"
    • v rule out include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules
    • v rule out make impossible, especially beforehand
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  • John Malkovich
    John Malkovich
    “Where women are concerned, the rule is never to go out with anyone better dressed than you.”
  • Rod Mckeun
    Rod Mckeun
    “Once I thought ideas were exceptions not the rule. That is not so. Ideas are so plentiful that they ride by on air. You've only to reach out and snatch one...”
  • Karl Marx
    “All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy, avarice drags Pluto himself out of the bowels of the earth.”
  • Frank Dane
    “A set of rules laid out by professionals to show the way they would like to act if it was profitable.”
  • Cornelius Krasel
    Cornelius Krasel
    “Science is a game we play with God, to find out what his rules are.”


In literature:

Where by any of these rules one of two vessels is to keep out of the way, the other shall keep her course and speed.
"Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
It is necessary first of all to rule out physical disease.
"The Nervous Housewife" by Abraham Myerson
The speaker then touched upon a question which naturally arose out of the Craigavon policy of resistance to Home Rule.
"Ulster's Stand For Union" by Ronald McNeill
But the Finnish verse is more musical, and it is much more flexible, and the rules of it can be better carried out than in English.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
From January 1910 onwards we had a Government committed to Home Rule, yet so far dependent on us that we could put it out at any moment.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
In working out this plan the merit rule has been rigorously and faithfully applied.
"Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2." by William McKinley
But Viscount Chinda protested and the demand was ruled out.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
The technical rules by which Mr. Browning works, carry out his principle to the fullest extent.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
You speak as fules both, settin' out rules o' life for an hour-old babe.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
It will be well briefly to see what are the difficulties that arise out of the presence of Christians under the rule of a great Moslem State.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose

In poetry:

The same it seemed, or mystery made it seem,
As those before beholden; but St. Mark
Ruled here the ways that showed it like a dream
Out of the dark.
"Three Faces" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
'Tis Thy proud arm that yon abyss divideth,
Blots out the planets, gives the stars their splendour,
Rules o'er infinity, uncontroll'd and mighty;—
I am as nothing.
"Winter: Saturday Evening" by John Bowring
Q. Which be they? — tell me, for thy Saviour's sake,
If thou hast ever learn'd them out by heart,
These holy statutes for thy pattern take,
And never from the faultless rules depart.
"The Creed" by Rees Prichard
When a feller once comes to a pond or a tank,
It is better to ride out a ways from the bank.
Fer the water is clearer out there as a rule,
And besides it is deep and a little more cool.
"Drinkin' Water" by Bruce Kiskaddon
When Britain first, at heaven's command,
Arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter of the land,
And guardian Angels sung this strain:
"Rule, Britannia, rule the waves;
Britons never will be slaves.
"Rule, Britannia! (With Variations)" by James Thomson
For me I ask no funeral chant
When soaring out of sight;
Unfit the mourner's sighs and tears
To grace my glorious flight:
Let solemn silence rule the general mien,
And no vain pageant crown the closing scene.
"From Horace: Book II:Ode II" by Peter John Allan

In news:

New research shows that fast-moving couples need not rule out a serious future.
Laboratory tests ruled out other possible reasons for Archbold's death.
The officials say they have also ruled out narrowing sidewalks along those routes.
We can't rule out a severe thunderstorm but it's most likely we'll see heavy rain and gusty winds.
Steelers rule out Roethlisberger, Polamalu, Antonio Brown.
So don't rule out white wines with your cold-weather fare.
IOC rules out public commemoration of 1972 Munich killings.
UFC president Dana White has completely ruled out the possibility of Nick Diaz or B.J.
He said investigators are looking into the cause, and "have not ruled out a possible medical event" preceding the crash .
Tucson News NowMercury poisoning of Danish astronomer ruled out.
The president of the NCAA isn't ruling out the death penalty for Penn State.
"We cannot rule out impacts on learning," their report says.
Vodafone CEO Won't Rule Out Disposal of Verizon Wireless.
New Mexico State Police scuba divers started trolling the bottom of Vallecito Lake for his body on Sunday, though officials continue to say they are not ruling out any possibility as to Dylan's whereabouts.
Maurice Jones-Drew ruled out Sunday.

In science:

This ruled out iteration methods, and other approximation schemes.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
H13CN is optically thin.) However, these low limits do not rule out a much higher value.
HCN in the inner envelope of {chi} Cygni
We have to study every such presentation that is not yet ruled out by lemma 11.
Number Operator Algebras
It is only this proposal which could be ruled out in principle in by the cosmological data.
Comments on "A Supernova Brane Scan"
In a mathematical argument all ob jections to a particular statement must be effectively ruled out.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity