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verb to rule out
  1. (transitive) To cross an item out by drawing a straight line through it, as with a ruler.
  2. (transitive) To reject an option from a list of possibilities.
As John Doe had an alibi, the police were able to rule him out as a suspect.
  1. (transitive) To make something impossible.
The constant rain ruled out any chance of a game of tennis.

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