rule 1 n
1 a: a prescribed guide for conduct or action
b: a regulating principle or precept
2 a: an order or directive issued by a court in a particular proceeding esp. upon petition of a party to the proceeding that commands an officer or party to perform an act or show cause why an act should not be performed
a rule directing the district court to show cause why its ruling should not be vacatedPeople v. District Court, 797 P.2d 1259 (1990)
b: a usu. judicially promulgated regulation having the force of law that governs judicial practice or procedure
rule s of evidence
rule s of appellate procedure see also rule of court
3: all or part of a statement (as a regulation) by an administrative agency that has general or particular applicability and future effect and that is designed to implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy or that describes the organization, procedure, or practice of the agency itself
a rule subject to statutory notice and comment requirements for informal rulemaking
4 a: a regulation or bylaw governing procedure or conduct in a body, organization, institution, or proceeding
b: a resolution of a legislative rules committee setting forth the terms for consideration of a particular bill by the entire body
5: the exercise of authority or control
rule 2 vb ruled, rul·ing
1: to exercise authority or power over
2: to determine and declare authoritatively; esp: to command or determine judicially
ruled the evidence inadmissible
1: to exercise supreme authority
2: to lay down a rule or ruling
ruled in favor of the plaintiff

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (guide) noun code, course, criterion, custom, direction, formula, habit, matter of course, method, model, norm, norma, order, pattern, policy, practice, procedure, protocol, prototype, regula, routine, standard, standing order, system II (legal dictate) noun act, bylaw, canon, charge, code, command, commandment, decree, dictate, direction, doctrine, dogma, edict, enactment, formula, formulary, formulation, law, legislation, maxim, order, ordinance, praeceptum, praescriptum, precept, prescription, principle, regulation, standing order, statute, tenet associated concepts: administrative rule, court rule, cy-pres rule, discriminatory rule, home rule, parol evidence rule, rule against perpetuities, Rule in Shelley's Case, rules of construction, rules of evidence, rules of procedure foreign phrases:
- Ubi non est condendl auctorhas, ibi non est parendi necessitas. — Where there is no authority for establishing a rule, there is no need of obeying it.
- Exceptio probat regulam de rebus non exceptis. — The exception proves the rule in matters not excepted.
- Exceptio firmat regulam in contrarium. — An exception affirms the rule to be the contrary.
- Non est certandum de regulis juris. — There is no disputing about rules of the law.
- Regula est, juris quidem ignorantiam culque nocere, facti vero Ignorantiam non nocere. — The rule is that a person's ignorance of the law may prejudice him, but that his ignorance of fact will not
- Non jus ex regula, sed regula ex jure. — The law does not arise from the rule but the rule comes from the law
- Omnis regula suas patttur exceptiones. — Every rule is subject to its own exceptions.
- Exceptio firmat regulam in casibus non exceptis. — An exception confirms the rule in cases not excepted
III (decide) verb adjudge, adjudicate, ascertain, come to a conclusion, come to a determination, conclude, decide by judicial sentence, declare, declare authoritatively, decree, deliver judgment, determine, draw a conclusion, establish, exercise judgment, find, fix conclusively, give an opinion, give judgment, hold, make a decision, make a resolution, pass judgment, pass sentence, pass upon, pronounce, pronounce judgment, reach an official decision, resolve, settle, settle by decree, umpire associated concepts: rule from the bench IV (govern) verb administer, be in power, command, compel, conduct, control, decree, dictate, direct, dispose, domineer, enact, enforce obedience, exercise authority, exert authority, give orders, guide, have authority, have control, have jurisdiction over, have predominating influence, have responsibility, hold authority, hold dominion, hold office, keep in order, manage, manipulate, master, officiate, order, oversee, police, possess authority, predominate, prescribe, preside over, regnare, regulate, reign, restrain, run, serve the people, superintend, supervise V index act (enactment), adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate (adjudge), array (order), award, belief (something believed), brevet, bureaucracy, bylaw, canon, codification, coerce, command, conclude (decide), condition (contingent provision), constant, control (regulate), criterion, decide, decree, determine, dictate (noun), dictate (verb), direct (order), direct (supervise), direction (order), doctrine, dogma, dominate, dominion (supreme authority), edict, enactment, enjoin, fiat, find (determine), govern, government (administration), habit, handle (manage), hegemony, hold (decide), influence, instruction (direction), law, legislate, manage, mandamus, mandate, manipulate (control unfairly), matter of course, maxim, measure (noun), measure (verb), method, mode, norm, occupation (possession), operate, opinion (judicial decision), order (judicial directive), order, ordinance, oversee, pass (determine), pattern, police, power, practice (procedure), precedent, precept, predominance, predominate (command), prescription (directive), preside, prevail (triumph), primacy, principle (axiom), procedure, pronounce (pass judgment), regime, regulate (manage), rubric (authoritative rule), ruling, stare decisis, statute, subject, superintend, supremacy, technicality, try (conduct a trial), wield

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A law, principle, regulation, or standard that prescribes suitable conduct in a given situation; a court order requiring someone to do something.
(1) To control; to exercise power over someone or something.
(2) To make a judgment in a lawsuit; to make an authoritative statement about the law.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) To decide a legal question, as when at the end of a lawsuit a court announces: "This court rules that the plaintiff is entitled to the goods and damages for delay in the sum of $10,000."
2) A regulation issued by a court or government agency.
3) A legal principle set by a court's written decision in an appellate case, as "the rule in the case of Murray v. Crampton is...." (See also: rules of court, local rules)
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. An established or prescribed standard for action; an authoritative principal; the general norm for conduct in a specific kind of situation; a principle, standard, or regulation that governs the internal workings of a court or an agency.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

To command or require pursuant to a principle of the court, as to rule the sheriff to serve the summons.
To settle or decide a point of law at a trial or hearing.
An established standard, guide, or regulation governing conduct, procedure, or action.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To command or require pursuant to a principle of the court, as to rule the sheriff to serve the summons.
To settle or decide a point of law at a trial or hearing.
An established standard, guide, or regulation governing conduct, procedure, or action.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) v. to decide a legal question, by a court, as in: "I rule that the plaintiff is entitled to the goods and damages for delay in the sum of $10,000."
   2) v. to make a judicial command, such as: "I find that George Gonzo is the parent of Larry Gonzo and rule that he must pay support of $150 per month to the mother" for the support of Larry.
   3) n. any regulation governing conduct.
   4) n. one of the regulations of covering legal practice before a particular group of courts, collectively called "rules of court" adopted by local judges.
   5) n. a legal principle set by the decision in an appellate case, as "the rule in the case of Murray v. Crampton is:."
   See also: regulations, rules of court

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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