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English definition of “rule sth/sb out”

rule sth/sb out

phrasal verb with rule     /ruːl/ verb
to decide or state that something is impossible or will not happen, or that something or someone is not suitable: The management seems to have ruled him out as a candidate for promotion. The CEO said she could not rule out further job cuts. We would not rule out the possibility of re-entering the B2C market if conditions change.
(Definition of rule sth/sb out from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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