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1 : to rule against [the objection was overruled] compare sustain
2 a : to rule against upon review by virtue of a higher authority
: set aside reverse [the appeals court overruled the trial court's decision]
b : to set aside as a precedent or guide [did not intend to overrule prior jurisprudence in that area] [refused to overrule the landmark case] compare follow
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.