Meaning of “ruling” in the English Dictionary

"ruling" in British English

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rulingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈruː.lɪŋ/ us /ˈruː.lɪŋ/

C2 a decision:

[ + that ] The court has made a final ruling on the case that the companies acted illegally.

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  • Langdale described the court ruling as a travesty of justice.
  • The ruling sets a legal precedent.
  • Many believe the ruling to be unfair.
  • The judge will make his ruling after all the evidence has been submitted.
  • A ruling in favour of the defendant will be seen by some as a victory for common sense.

rulingadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈruː.lɪŋ/ us /ˈruː.lɪŋ/

being in control and making all the decisions:

The Communists are the ruling party at the moment.

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  • He was a member of the ruling class.
  • There are signs of dissension within the ruling political party.
  • Prince Rainier is the ruling prince of Monaco.
  • Previous elections in the country have been rigged by the ruling party.
  • The new leaders expatriated the ruling family.

(Definition of “ruling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ruling" in American English

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rulingnoun [ C ]

us /ˈru·lɪŋ/

ruling noun [ C ] (DECISION)

an official decision:

The US Supreme Court refused to review the state court’s ruling.

rulingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈru·lɪŋ/

ruling adjective [ not gradable ] (CONTROLLING)

politics & government being in charge of a country:

the ruling party

(Definition of “ruling” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ruling" in Business English

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rulingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈruːlɪŋ/ us LAW

an official decision, especially one by a judge, a court, or other authority:

If some states launch a legal challenge to the FCC's ruling, Congress may have to step in.
The electronics giant is appealing against the Commission's ruling that the company had abused its market position.
The director of the EPA said he'd issue a written ruling within two weeks.
a ruling is upheld/overturned The ruling was later overturned by the state Supreme Court.

rulingadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈruːlɪŋ/ us

a ruling group in a country or area is the group that governs it or has the most political power:

the leader of the ruling National Party
the ruling class/elite

(Definition of “ruling” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)