Definition of rule out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

rule out

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    rule out somebody

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    rule out something

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    rule somebody out

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    rule something out

     
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  1. 1  rule somebody/something out (as something) to state that something is not possible or that somebody/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 somebody from doing something; to prevent something from happening His age effectively ruled him out as a possible candidate.
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