Definition of overrule in English:


Syllabification: o·ver·rule
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈro͞ol


[with object]
  • 1Reject or disallow by exercising one’s superior authority: the Supreme Court overruled the lower court
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    • Under the rules outlined by the Pentagon, in the unlikely case that a tribunal hands down an acquittal or a light sentence, US authorities can overrule it and impose their own judgment.
    • A Presidential veto may be overruled by Parliament, provided there are 160 votes in support of such a motion.
    • Under the constitution, to overrule a presidential veto requires a majority of the total number of MPs, meaning 121 of 240 MPs.
    countermand, cancel, reverse, rescind, repeal, revoke, retract, disallow, override, veto, quash, overturn, overthrow, annul, nullify, invalidate, negate, void; Law vacate
    formal abrogate
    archaic recall
  • 1.1Reject the decision or argument of (someone): he was overruled by his senior managers
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    • Usually, of course, the question of overruling a prior decision won't arise.
    • Her husband agrees, but of course self image overrules any outside opinion every time.
    • That decision may yet be overruled if enough clubs challenge it at the annual general meeting on May 30.

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