Definition of ruling in English:



  • An authoritative decision or pronouncement, especially one made by a judge.

    ‘the ruling was reversed in the appeal court’
    • ‘Another area where there are problems is in the enforcement of the courts' rulings.’
    • ‘The judges used Mr Bishop's case and three other test cases in yesterday's rulings to set guidelines for the courts.’
    • ‘We start with the judge's rulings made on the scope of cross-examination and the admission of evidence.’
    • ‘My best guess is that the judge was just following his superiors' rulings.’
    • ‘This appeal against conviction is based solely on two rulings made by the judge prior to trial.’
    • ‘Don't waste too much time trying to understand the logic of the two rulings.’
    • ‘These provisions encourage a judge to make rulings where there are good case management reasons for doing so.’
    • ‘The developer's attempt to by-pass local authority rulings appears to residents here to be both greedy and lazy.’
    • ‘More than 40,000 asylum seekers are awaiting rulings on their cases, which take an average of seven months.’
    • ‘He said assets would be confiscated after two court rulings on the decision.’
    • ‘The French court's decision is at odds with rulings on similar cases in the US.’
    • ‘Its decisions are absolute and every member must abide by its rulings.’
    • ‘I have not found firm rulings on these matters, and the imprecision is, I think, deliberate.’
    • ‘This is not the first time the country's highest legal authority has astonished public opinion with its rulings on sex cases.’
    • ‘American court rulings may give the Korean judiciary a hint about how to handle this case.’
    • ‘I do not remember the meeting determining what rulings should be given.’
    • ‘The Attorney General submits that the Judge was wrong in respect of both rulings.’
    • ‘But the case has now been referred to the Law Lords because of conflicting national and European rulings.’
    • ‘You would think the damage done in the last couple of years by lenient court rulings would have been enough to wake them up.’
    • ‘Isn't the rule of law about following the rulings of the top court in the land?’
    decision, pronouncement, resolution, decree, determination, injunction
    judgement, adjudication, finding, verdict
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  • Currently exercising authority or influence.

    ‘the ruling coalition’
    • ‘At that time, it was accepted that the ruling authority would proclaim a State religion and proscribe all others.’
    • ‘Features of a knightly ruling class still indirectly influence Hispanic societies, including those in the United States.’
    • ‘Through its influence on the ruling party, the association forced Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare to take heed and dictated much of healthcare policy.’
    • ‘Some Communist leaders' statements have led to apprehensions among the ruling coalition about the Left's outside support.’
    • ‘The show of nuclear capability should be placed in the context of the fragile political base on which India's new ruling coalition rests.’
    • ‘A State's military ideology is also biased to the extent to which it expresses the views of a country's supreme ruling authority.’
    • ‘To think that a ruling coalition will allow its nominated prime minister to be defeated in an election is inconceivable.’
    • ‘The right-wing ruling coalition in Italy, led by Prime Minister Berlusconi, is a strong ally of American President Bush in many issues, above all on foreign policy.’
    • ‘Generally an elected assembly is dissolved only if there is crisis in the house or if a ruling coalition breaks down.’
    • ‘They currently are part of the ruling coalition along with the left-wing Labor Party.’
    • ‘The council's housing panel is expected to refer a 3.88 per cent rent rise to the authority's ruling executive for approval when it meets next Monday.’
    • ‘Most people continue to make the mistake that the Democrats are an opposition party when in fact they are best understood as junior partners in a ruling coalition.’
    • ‘Mr. Dixit is also concerned about the slowing down of economic reforms in the country, owing to inner contradictions within the ruling coalition.’
    • ‘It all depends on how much support the ruling coalition gets from the Opposition.’
    • ‘The plan will be presented by the county authority's ruling Conservative group to a meeting of the governing executive on Tuesday.’
    • ‘On Aristotle's view, a community of any sort can possess order only if it has a ruling element or authority.’
    • ‘The authority of the ruling family was challenged several times in the latter half of the twentieth century.’
    • ‘This was a world of short life expectancy, poor nutrition and daily conflict with the ruling authority and nature.’
    • ‘The ruling coalition's campaign ignores criticisms and presents the image of a party destined to govern.’
    • ‘The town hall drama has left the authority without a ruling administration and political parties remain at loggerheads over its future.’
    reigning, sovereign, on the throne
    governing, in charge, leading, dominant, controlling, commanding, supreme, most powerful, ascendant, in the ascendancy
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