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  • v. To consider (something) as a possible option among others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules


By analogy with rule out. (Wiktionary)


  • The first rule in sales is, go after the low-hanging fruit—that is, the easy-sell customers—rather than clamber for what is hard to reach.


  • Josh quickly crossed the common roomthe only place in the dorm where I was legally permitted to be not that I had heeded that rule in the pastand headed into the far hallway.


  • My father was the rod and the rule in our house and once he agreed to my marriage with Joseph John, there was nothing any of them could do to stop it.

    Keep Sweet

  • Suggestion that allopsychic delusions are as a rule in some sense autopsychic.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Silence for a moment, broken by the murmur of the wind, before she says, “To rule in my own realm, Queen regnant of all vampires.”

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • For Athelney, a small monastery, Alfred had difficulty in finding monks at all: he had to get them from abroad; while the rule in this house does not seem to have been wholly satisfactory.

    Old English Libraries; The Making, Collection and Use of Books During the Middle Ages

  • The 14-week uprising against Assad, the most serious challenge to his family's four decades of rule in Syria, has proved resilient despite a government crackdown that has brought international condemnation and sanctions.

    Syrian violence may be crime against humanity, says Amnesty

  • Upon the Pacific slope, where the dorsal decubitus is the rule in ordinary cases, the patient is partially suspended in a kneeling or squatting position in difficult cases; the Syrians, who usually permit their patients the comforts of the obstetric rocking-chair, toss them in a blanket to shake the child out, or turn it, if the labor becomes tedious.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • There are only a few reasons why you should find yourself looking at your reflection in the sneeze glass at an all-you-eat buffet—you have kids, you are in Vegas, or you are planning to break every rule in the book.

    The Flex Diet

  • Caria had fallen under Persian control in the late sixth century as had the rest of Asia Minor, but the royal family continued to rule in the name of the Great King.

    Alexander the Great


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