overrule overrule  /ˈoʊ vər ˌrul/


  • (v) rule against



  1. That deal left conservatives without the votes to push through a constitutional amendment they sought to effectively overrule the court's edict.
  2. However, she voted to overrule a lower court or agency determination in civil rights cases in only 43.
  3. In the end, Ford execs decided to trash all the highfalutin marketing research, overrule the family and honor their fallen president.


  • Opinion analysis: When is a burglary not a burglary?

    On Monday, when the Court, in Alleyne v. United States, waded back into Apprendi land to overrule the long-beleaguered Harris v. United States and require that facts necessary for the imposition of mandatory minimum sentences (not just statutory maximums) be found by juries, it found no need to revisit another longstanding Apprendi wrinkle: the rule [...]
    on June 21, 2013     Source: SCOTUSblog


  1. "It is a disgraceful day for democracy when a court can overrule such an overwhelming decision by employees taken in a secret ballot," Unite joint general secretaries Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley said in a statement.
    on Dec 17, 2009 By: Tony Woodley Source: Reuters

  2. Roberts, for instance, told the committee that it is a "jolt to the legal system when you overrule a precedent."
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: John Roberts Source: Washington Post

  3. The provision survived his understanding of the undue burden test, Judge Alito said, adding that "the Pennsylvania legislature presumably decided that the law on balance would be beneficial" and "we have no authority to overrule that...
    on Oct 31, 2005 By: Samuel Alito Source: New York Times

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