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ruling

[roo-ling] /ˈru lɪŋ/
noun
1.
an authoritative decision, as one by a judge on a debated point of law.
2.
the act of drawing straight lines with a ruler.
3.
ruled lines.
adjective
4.
governing or dominating:
the ruling party.
5.
controlling; predominating:
the ruling factor in recovery from an illness.
6.
widespread; prevalent:
ruling prices; ruling values.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English (gerund); see rule, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
nonruling, noun, adjective
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  • However, the results were haphazard and the rulings of various courts were patchwork.
British Dictionary definitions for rulings

ruling

/ˈruːlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a decision of someone in authority, such as a judge
2.
one or more parallel ruled lines
adjective
3.
controlling or exercising authority: the ruling classes
4.
prevalent or predominant
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Word Origin and History for rulings

ruling

n.

"determination by a judge or court on a point arising in the course of a trial or hearing," 1550s, verbal noun from rule (v.).

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