rule out

  1. include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules
  2. dismiss from consideration or a contest
    This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration
    John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi
  3. make impossible, especially beforehand
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How To Use rule out In A Sentence

  • No single lab test helps with the diagnosis; however, a battery of tests should be performed to rule out medical complications of starvation.
  • Routine post-mortem testing did not rule out BSE, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly called mad cow.
  • He refused to rule out the possibility of a tax increase.
  • A coagulation profile should be obtained to rule out disseminated intravascular coagulation.
  • Despite the various uncertainties surrounding it, it would be unwise to rule out this possibility.
  • Both practitioners also said a laparoscopic surgical procedure could be conducted to rule out problems such as endometriosis, which is when the tissue that lines the uterus, grows outside the organ and attaches to other organs in the abdominal cavity. Undefined
  • I am concerned to rule out certain options - because if they're not ruled out then we have fall into an "anything goes" mentality - for we have removed the very moral norms that would allow people to condemn what Hamas is doing and also prevent people from reigning in subrational feelings of vengeance/destruction/hate which tend to lead to brutal actions. On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...
  • Security officials believed that it was a terrorist attack, but didn't rule out other possibilities.
  • He refused to rule out the possibility of a tax increase.
  • The first concern is to rule out treatable forms of dementia such as encephalitis or chronic meningitis.
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