AskDefine | Define ruling

Dictionary Definition

ruling adj : exercising power or authority [syn: regnant, reigning] n : the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself) [syn: opinion]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. That rules or rule.
    the ruling monarch




  1. An order from someone in authority.


  • Finnish: käsky
  • Romanian: conducere
  • Spanish: decisión



Extensive Definition

A rule is:
  • Rewrite rule, in generative grammar and computer science
  • Standardization, a formal and widely-accepted statement, fact, definition, or qualification
  • Operation, a determinate rule (method) for performing a mathematical operation and obtaining a certain result (Mathematics, Logic)
  • Rule of inference, a function from sets of formulae to formulae (Mathematics, Logic)
  • Rule of thumb, principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation. Also often simply referred to as a rule
  • Moral, an atomic element of a moral code for guiding choices in human behavior
  • Heuristic, a quantized "rule" which shows a tendency or probability for successful function
  • A regulation, as in sports
  • Procedural law, a ruleset governing the application of laws to cases
    • A law, which may informally be called a "rule"
    • A court ruling, a decision by a court
  • Norm (sociology), an informal but widely accepted rule, concept, truth, definition, or qualification (social norms, legal norms, coding norms)
  • Norm (philosophy), a kind of sentence or a reason to act, feel or believe
  • "Rulership" is the concept of governance by a government:
    • Military rule, governance by a military body
    • Monastic rule, a collection of precepts that guides the life of monks or nuns in a religious order where the superior holds the place of Christ

Other uses

  • Rule (song), a song by rapper Nas
  • Ruler, an instrument for measuring lengths
  • Rule, a component of an astrolabe, circumferator or similar instrument
  • Rule of thumb, Acquisition]], a set of guidelines intended to ensure the profitability of businesses owned by the ultra-capitalist Ferengi in the fictional Star Trek universe
  • The Rules, a bestselling self-help book
  • RULE Project (Run Up-to-date Linux Everywhere) is a project that aims to use up-to-date Linux software on old PCs
  • Rule engine, a software system that helps managing business rules
  • Ja Rule, a hip hop artist
    • R.U.L.E., a 2005 greatest hits album by rapper Ja Rule
ruling in Czech: Pravidlo
ruling in Danish: Regel
ruling in German: Regel
ruling in Spanish: Regla
ruling in Esperanto: Regulo
ruling in French: Règle
ruling in Korean: 규칙
ruling in Ido: Regulo
ruling in Italian: Regola
ruling in Dutch: Regel
ruling in Japanese: 規則
ruling in Polish: Reguła
ruling in Portuguese: Regra
ruling in Quechua: Kamachina
ruling in Russian: Правило
ruling in Simple English: Rule
ruling in Finnish: Sääntö
ruling in Swedish: Regel
ruling in Chinese: 尺

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absolute, act, action, appointment, arch, armipotent, ascendant, at the head, authoritarian, authoritative, authorized, autocratic, average, award, banner, besetting, bill, boss, brevet, bull, bylaw, canon, capital, cardinal, central, champion, chief, clothed with authority, cogent, commanding, common, competent, condemnation, consequential, considerable, consideration, controlling, crowning, current, decision, declaration, decree, decree-law, decreement, decretal, decretum, deliverance, determination, diagnosis, dictate, dictation, dictum, diktat, directive, dominant, doom, duly constituted, dynamic, edict, edictum, effective, eminent, empowered, enactment, energetic, epidemic, ex officio, fiat, finding, first, focal, forceful, forcible, foremost, form, formality, formula, formulary, general, governing, great, head, headmost, hegemonic, hegemonistic, high-potency, high-powered, high-pressure, high-tension, imperative, important, in ascendancy, in charge, in chief, in force, in power, in the ascendant, influential, institution, ipse dixit, irresistible, jus, law, leading, legislation, lex, magisterial, main, master, measure, mighty, mighty in battle, momentous, monocratic, normal, official, on the throne, operative, order, ordinance, ordinary, ordonnance, overriding, overruling, pandemic, paramount, pivotal, popular, potent, powerful, precedent, predominant, predominate, predominating, preeminent, prepollent, preponderant, preponderate, prepotent, prescript, prescription, prestigious, prevailing, prevalent, primal, primary, prime, principal, proclamation, prognosis, prominent, pronouncement, pronunciamento, puissant, rampant, ranking, regnant, regulating, regulation, regulative, regulatory, reigning, rescript, resolution, rife, routine, rubric, rule, running, senatus consult, senatus consultum, senior, sentence, sovereign, standard, standing order, star, statute, stellar, stereotyped, striking, strong, substantial, supereminent, superior, supreme, swaying, telling, topflight, totalitarian, ukase, usual, valid, verdict, vigorous, vital, weighty, widespread
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1