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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Exercising control or authority.
  • adjective Predominant.
  • noun The act of governing or controlling.
  • noun An authoritative or official decision.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having control or authority; governing; reigning; chief; prevalent; predominant.
  • Synonyms Prevailing, Predominant, etc. (see prevalent), controlling.
  • noun The determination by a judge or court of a point arising in the course of a trial or hearing.
  • noun The act of making ruled lines; also, such lines collectively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of one who rules; ruled lines.
  • noun (Law) A decision or rule of a judge or a court, especially an oral decision, as in excluding evidence.
  • adjective Predominant; chief; reigning; controlling.
  • adjective Used in marking or engraving lines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That rules or rule.
  • noun An order or a decision on a point of law from someone in authority.
  • verb Present participle of rule.

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

  • noun the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)
  • adjective exercising power or authority

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