from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Exercising control or authority: the ruling junta; ruling circles of the government.
- adj. Predominant: the ruling principle.
- n. The act of governing or controlling.
- n. An authoritative or official decision: a court ruling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. That rules or rule.
- n. An order or a decision on a point of law from someone in authority.
- v. Present participle of rule.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Predominant; chief; reigning; controlling.
- adj. Used in marking or engraving lines.
- n. The act of one who rules; ruled lines.
- n. A decision or rule of a judge or a court, especially an oral decision, as in excluding evidence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The determination by a judge or court of a point arising in the course of a trial or hearing.
- n. The act of making ruled lines; also, such lines collectively.
- Having control or authority; governing; reigning; chief; prevalent; predominant.
- Synonyms Prevailing, Predominant, etc. (see prevalent), controlling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)
- adj. exercising power or authority
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