overrule
over·rule /ˌō-vər-'rül/ vt
1: to rule against
the objection was overruled compare sustain
2 a: to rule against upon review by virtue of a higher authority: set aside reverse
the appeals court overruled the trial court's decision
b: to set aside as a precedent or guide
did not intend to overrule prior jurisprudence in that area
refused to overrule the landmark case compare follow

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

overrule
I verb abrogate, annul, cancel, countermand, decide against, gubernare, invalidate, make null, make void, nullify, obviate, override, overturn, refuse to sustain, reject, reject by subsequent action, reject by subsequent decision, renounce, repeal, repudiate, rescind, retract, reverse, revoke, rule against, rule out, set aside, supersede, undo, upset, vincere, void associated concepts: overrule a decision, overrule a motion, overrule an objection II index abolish, abrogate (rescind), annul, cancel, disaffirm, disown (deny the validity), dominate, invalidate, negate, nullify, override, predominate (command), prevent, quash, reject, repeal, repudiate, rescind, subjugate, supersede, vacate (void), withdraw

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


overrule
v.
To reverse or annul; to overturn or void the decision of another court.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


overrule
to set aside the rule of a lower court. When achieved by a superior court in the Anglo-American system, the effect is retrospective. The term can be used of a statute that changes the legal effect of a decision. This is done from the date the statute comes into force. Parliament can, of course, make the statute come into effect retrospectively, but this is something that is generally thought to be a dangerous form of legislation that may go against the rule of law: see Burmah Oil Co. Ltd v. Lord Advocate [1965] AC 75 and the War Damage Act 1965.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


overrule
1) A trial judge's decision to reject a party's objection—often, to a question for a witness or the admission of evidence. By overruling the objection, the judge allows the question or evidence in court.
2) An appellate court's decision that a prior appellate decision was incorrect, and is therefore no longer a valid precedent on the legal issue in question.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


overrule
v.
1 To void the findings of another court; overturn; set aside.
2 As a judge, to reject or rule against a courtroom objection.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


overrule
The refusal by a judge to sustain an objection set forth by an attorney during a trial, such as an objection to a particular question posed to a witness. To make void, annul, supersede, or reject through a subsequent decision or action.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


overrule
I
The refusal by a judge to sustain an objection set forth by an attorney during a trial, such as an objection to a particular question posed to a witness. To make void, annul, supersede, or reject through a subsequent decision or action.
II A judge's decision not to allow an objection. Also, a decision by a higher court finding that a lower court decision was in error.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

overrule
v.
   1) to reject an attorney's objection to a question to a witness or admission of evidence. By overruling the objection, the trial judge allows the question or evidence in court. If the judge agrees with the objection, he/she "sustains" the objection and does not allow the question or evidence.
   2) to decide (by a court of appeals) that a prior appeals decision on a legal issue was not correct and is therefore no longer a valid precedent on that legal question.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Overrule — O ver*rule , v. i. To be superior or supreme in rulling or controlling; as, God rules and overrules. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overrule — O ver*rule , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overruled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overruling}.] 1. To rule over; to govern or determine by superior authority. [1913 Webster] 2. To rule or determine in a contrary way; to decide against; to abrogate or alter; as, God …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overrule — UK US /ˌəʊvəˈruːl/ verb [T] ► to use greater authority to change a decision that has already been made: »A federal appeals court in Washington has overruled the decision of the lower court. »They would work on a problem, come up with a good… …   Financial and business terms

  • overrule — (v.) rule against; set aside, as by a higher authority, 1590s, from OVER (Cf. over) + RULE (Cf. rule) (v.). Related: Overruled; overruling …   Etymology dictionary

  • overrule — ► VERB ▪ reject or disallow by exercising one s superior authority …   English terms dictionary

  • overrule — [ō΄vər ro͞ol′] vt. overruled, overruling 1. to set aside or decide against by virtue of higher authority; rule against or rule out; annul or reverse 2. to have a dominant influence over; prevail over …   English World dictionary

  • overrule — verb Overrule is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑judge Overrule is used with these nouns as the object: ↑decision …   Collocations dictionary

  • overrule — UK [ˌəʊvəˈruːl] / US [ˌoʊvərˈrul] verb [transitive] Word forms overrule : present tense I/you/we/they overrule he/she/it overrules present participle overruling past tense overruled past participle overruled to officially change a decision that… …   English dictionary

  • overrule — override / overrule [v] cancel, reverse a decision alter, annul, bend to one’s will*, control, countermand, direct, disallow, disregard, dominate, govern, ignore, influence, invalidate, make null and void*, make void, not heed, nullify, outvote,… …   New thesaurus

  • overrule — overruler, n. overrulingly, adv. /oh veuhr roohl /, v.t., overruled, overruling. 1. to rule against or disallow the arguments of (a person): The senator was overruled by the committee chairman. 2. to rule or decide against (a plea, argument,… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”