Definition of overrule in English:



[with object]
  • 1Reject or disallow by exercising one's superior authority.

    ‘Chief Judge Moran overruled the government's objections’
    • ‘Councillors overruling officer recommendations is not a new phenomenon and in a democracy the mechanism for such eventualities must always be there.’
    • ‘A Presidential veto may be overruled by Parliament, provided there are 160 votes in support of such a motion.’
    • ‘The court is sort of waiting, the Florida Supreme Court, to have some sense of whether this count is going to matter before it takes the step of overruling the Secretary of State.’
    • ‘The Act allows the Commons to overrule the Lords if it rejects a piece of legislation approved by MPs in two successive sessions.’
    • ‘‘Article 63 of the Criminal Code stipulates any special law overrules a common law, so the press law should be used for this case,’ he said.’
    • ‘Even so, I didn't like it that he'd overruled my objections.’
    • ‘Under the constitution, to overrule a presidential veto requires a majority of the total number of MPs, meaning 121 of 240 MPs.’
    • ‘All of this, of course, is separate from the issue of the president overruling a federal statute by executive order - something that by definition a president cannot do.’
    • ‘The recommendation still has to be considered by the Police Authority on February 13, which could technically overrule the group.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister should act now to overrule his official, and withdraw the request for prosecution.’
    • ‘But my greater concern is not with the immediate facts of this case as much as it is the precedent, of overruling the state courts, of politicizing a tragic family situation.’
    • ‘The real problem behind Tai-wan's UN bid is that the Security Council can overrule the General Assembly with the unilateral veto powers of its five permanent members.’
    • ‘A number of Northern Ireland parties have expressed concerns that the referendum is capable of overruling the Good Friday Agreement.’
    • ‘There you have a whole phalanx of state-owned media, which are mainly ‘self-governing’ in the sense that they have their own boards and bosses, and it is only really State House which they have to worry about overruling them.’
    • ‘There is some possibility under California law of the judge overruling the jury, but I think under the Supreme Court decision that just happened this summer, the end of the term in June, that wouldn't be upheld as constitutional.’
    • ‘The European Court of Human Rights has already ruled that the Government was acting beyond its powers by overruling a judge's sentence.’
    • ‘But that's no excuse for overruling a law that not only is legitimate, but also extraordinarily popular.’
    • ‘In reality, the government had the power under the Law to veto or overrule any attempt by the workforce to hamper the privatization process by withdrawing their consent.’
    • ‘However, this practice is becoming more rare, and a law was passed that gave authority to a state-appointed judge to overrule the wishes of the father in the event of an early marriage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a start, international trade treaties that give corporations the power to overrule national regulations and cancel import tariffs need to be rewritten or scrapped.’
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    1. 1.1 Reject the decision or opinion of.
      ‘welfare staff overruled an experienced detective’
      • ‘Thanks again to you all for your overwhelming support and be assured that no stone will be left unturned to overrule this bizarre decision by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.’
      • ‘The US supreme court has both the power and, some say, the inclination, to intervene and overrule her decision to allow for factors such as the manual recount to be considered.’
      • ‘It is not a matter of overruling the decision because, as I have said, it was based upon a different ground.’
      • ‘We were eager to have "separate but equal" explicitly overruled.’
      • ‘While inside, she informed the barman of their predicament, but he laughed at her and told her he could not overrule the doorman's decision.’
      • ‘Usually, of course, the question of overruling a prior decision won't arise.’
      • ‘Each case is unique & should be looked on that way, if an individual has made their wishes known; no one else has the right to overrule that decision.’
      • ‘One area where overruling this decision may have effect would be, for instance, in terms of local government rates, might it not?’
      • ‘Her husband agrees, but of course self image overrules any outside opinion every time.’
      • ‘And the upper management of the company, for whatever reason, would not or could not effectively overrule them.’
      • ‘It should be noted that a competent pregnant woman cannot be overruled on decisions that may adversely affect her unborn child.’
      • ‘This decision has never been overruled and remains binding upon me.’
      • ‘He tells his daughter to take her feet off the table before Karen overrules him, saying that a two-year-old can't understand that feet do not belong on the dinner table.’
      • ‘That decision may yet be overruled if enough clubs challenge it at the annual general meeting on May 30.’
      • ‘The referee overruled his linesman's offside flag.’
      • ‘Even then the legislation would have survived only so long as the High Court did not overrule its favourable decision.’
      • ‘They are also warning that they could stage a walkout after the governing body overruled a decision to expel the boy.’
      • ‘Victoria Police state a subsequent risk assessment overruled the recommendation.’
      • ‘It does not have the power to overrule decisions, but can recommend executive members reconsider the issue.’
      • ‘I objected right from the start, but he was the man of the house and his decisions overruled mine.’