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Definition of rule out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


rule out

 phrasal verb
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    rule somebody/somethingout

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  1. 1rule somebody/something out (as something) to state that something is not possible or that someone or something is not suitable synonym exclude Police have not ruled out the possibility that the man was murdered. The proposed solution was ruled out as too expensive.
  2. 2to prevent someone from doing something; to prevent something from happening His age effectively ruled him out as a possible candidate.
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