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Verb: rule out
  1. Make impossible, especially beforehand
    - preclude, close out
     
  2. Include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules
    - rule in
     
  3. Dismiss from consideration or a contest
    "John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi";
    - eliminate, winnow out, reject

Derived forms: rules out, ruling out, ruled out

See also: rule

Type of: decree, eliminate, obviate, rid of, rule