tr.v. o·ver·ruled, o·ver·rul·ing, o·ver·rules
a. To declare (a court ruling or other precedent) as superseded and no longer accurate with regard to a legal question: In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court overruled Plessy v. Ferguson.
b. To reject or disallow as contrary to rules or law: The defense attorney's objection was overruled by the judge.
a. To reject or annul (a decision or recommendation, for example): overrule a decision about hiring a job candidate; overrule a call by an umpire.
b. To reject or annul a decision made by (someone): overrule an umpire.
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