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[oh-ver-rool] /ˌoʊ vərˈrul/
verb (used with object), overruled, overruling.
to rule against or disallow the arguments of (a person):
The senator was overruled by the committee chairman.
to rule or decide against (a plea, argument, etc.); reject:
to overrule an objection.
to prevail over so as to change the purpose or action:
a delay that overruled our plans.
to exercise control or influence over:
belief in a beneficent deity that overrules the universe.
Origin of overrule
1570-80; over- + rule
Related forms
overruler, noun
overrulingly, adverb
unoverruled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overrule
  • He demonstrates the power of the aesthetic to overrule our normal taste, morality, and intellectual convictions.
  • My nose and my eyes overrule the rational side of my brain.
  • Both tasks relied on the same cognitive control networks needed to overrule emotion.
  • Seems you are admitting to letting your emotions and biases overrule your rational thinking apparatus.
  • In that kind of situation, full information and caution should overrule order and time constraints.
  • Cultural factors can readily overrule genetic factors.
  • Their job is to uphold a venerable text, which empowers them to overrule any other branch of government.
  • He is trying to play political games, to overrule science with politics.
  • It is likely that the higher court will overrule the lower court's decision.
  • He tried to overrule protests by the presidential plane's pilot, that the trip into a war zone was unsafe.
British Dictionary definitions for overrule


verb (transitive)
to disallow the arguments of (a person) by the use of authority
to rule or decide against (an argument, decision, etc)
to prevail over, dominate, or influence
to exercise rule over
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Word Origin and History for overrule

"rule against; set aside, as by a higher authority," 1590s, from over- + rule (v.). It was used earlier in a sense "to govern, control" (1570s). Related: Overruled; overruling.

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