overturn overturn  /ˈoʊ vər ˌtɜrn/


  1. (n) the act of upsetting something
  2. (n) an improbable and unexpected victory
  3. (v) turn from an upright or normal position
  4. (v) cause to overturn from an upright or normal position
  5. (v) rule against
  6. (v) cause the downfall of; of rulers
  7. (v) cancel officially
  8. (v) change radically


  1. They voted to overturn the challenged governmental action in about 1 out of every 6 constitutional cases.
  2. She earned a law degree in 1978 and managed in the mid-1980s to overturn a death sentence against a blind woman who was gang-raped and then, grotesquely, charged with adultery.
  3. But it's unlikely that they will gather the required three-fourths vote to overturn the ban.


  1. 2 local leaders want to overturn city's new budget

    Two city councilmen want state Republicans to overturn the city’s new budget. They wrote a letter against the 7 percent property tax. Councilman Warren Cooksey and Councilman Andy Dulin sent a letter to House Speaker Thom Tillis and the entire Republican caucus asking the state to intervene in the tax increase. They admit their request is slightly absurd, but argue that if the state doesn’t get ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: WSOC-TV Charlotte

  2. Supreme Court overturn part of port of Los Angeles' anti-smog program

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has overturned part of the anti-smog program at the Port of Los Angeles. The port tried to restrict the types of trucks that can haul goods in and out of its terminals. But justices voted unanimously Thursday to strike down part of the port's Clean Trucks Program.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  3. US Dollar, S&P 500 Threaten to Overturn Multi-Month Rising Trends

    US Dollar, S&P 500 Threaten to Overturn Multi-Month Rising Trends
    on June 13, 2013     Source: DailyFX via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "We're going to overturn this unjust and racist law," he told an April 25 rally at the state capitol in Phoenix, "and then we're going to overturn the power structure that created this unjust, racist law."
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Raul Grijalva Source: Progressive.org

  2. "My strong belief is that if we end up with the most states and the most pledged delegates, and the most voters in the country, then it would be problematic for political insiders to overturn the judgment of the voters," Obama said recently.
    on Feb 14, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "I am disappointed the leadership of Congress recycled an old bill that would simply overturn our country's carefully balanced policy on embryonic stem cell research," Bush said in a statement.
    on Jun 7, 2007 By: President Bush Source: International Herald Tribune

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