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rule out

 
Verb rule out has 3 senses
  1. preclude, rule out, close out - make impossible, especially beforehand
    --1 is one way to obviate, rid of, eliminate
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
  2. rule out, rule in - include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules
    --2 is one way to rule, decree
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  3. rule out, eliminate, reject - dismiss from consideration; "John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi"; "This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration"
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
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