- To overrule is to veto something or to use your authority to make a different decision than others have made or suggested.
When your boss says you can have a raise butthe president of the company steps in and says that you cannot have a raise so the raise never goes through, this is an example of when the president overrules your boss.
transitive verbo·ver·ruled, o·ver·rul·ing, o·ver·rules
- a. To declare (a court ruling or other precedent) as superseded and no longer accurate with regard to a legal question: In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court overruled Plessy v. Ferguson.b. To reject or disallow as contrary to rules or law: The defense attorney's objection was overruled by the judge.
- a. To reject or annul (a decision or recommendation, for example): overrule a decision about hiring a job candidate; overrule a call by an umpire.b. To reject or annul a decision made by (someone): overrule an umpire.
(third-person singular simple present overrules, present participle overruling, simple past and past participle overruled)
- To rule over; to govern or determine by superior authority.
- # To rule or determine in a contrary way; to decide against; to abrogate or alter.
- To nullify a previous ruling by a higher power.
- The line judge signalled the ball was in, but this was overruled by the umpire.
- (law) To dismiss or throw out a protest at a court.
overrule - Legal Definition
- To void the findings of another court; overturn; set aside.
- As a judge, to reject or rule against a courtroom objection.