They just weren't big enough to rule out the possibility that this was just random noise in the underlying data.
Yet this extreme display of self-mastery, assuming that is what it was, did not rule out other forms of self-indulgence.
For one thing, Trump himself refuses to rule out running as an independent “if the Republicans get it wrong” with their nominee.
He did not rule out the possibility that Israel would send ground troops into Gaza—a significant escalation, if it comes to pass.
We will learn the facts over time, everyone hurrying to rule out abject senselessness with a justification of one kind or another.
Are we going to put Christianity aside and rule out theology from our calculations?
We are at present far too ill-informed to rule out such a guess.
I've been working with scientists for too long to rule out anything as impossible.
A few I can rule out, because they would only cause part of the gate to fail.
Experience does not rule out the possible cropping up of a new problem which may shift the values attained.
c.1200, "principle or maxim governing conduct, formula to which conduct must be conformed" from Old French riule, Norman reule "rule, custom, (religious) order" (in Modern French partially re-Latinized as règle), from Vulgar Latin *regula, from Latin regula "straight stick, bar, ruler;" figuratively "a pattern, a model," related to regere "to rule, straighten, guide" (see regal). Replaced Old English wealdan.
Meaning "regulation governing play of a game, etc." is from 1690s. Phrase rule of thumb first attested 1690s. Rule of law "supremacy of impartial and well-defined laws to any individual's power" is from 1883. Meaning "strip used for making straight lines or measuring" is recorded from mid-14c. Typography sense is attested from 1680s.
c.1200, "to control, guide, direct," from Old French riuler "impose rule," from Latin regulare (see regulate). Legal sense "establish by decision" is recorded from early 15c. Meaning "mark with lines" is from 1590s. Meaning "to dominate, prevail" is from 1874. "Rule Brittania," patriotic song, is from 1740. Related: Ruled; ruling.
A usual, customary, or generalized course of action or behavior.
A generalized statement that describes what is true in most or all cases; a standard.
To dominate; to be the most important: Girls rule!