Pronunciation: (ō"vur-rOOl'), [key]
—v.t., -ruled, -rul•ing.
1. to rule against or disallow the arguments of (a person): The senator was overruled by the committee chairman.
2. to rule or decide against (a plea, argument, etc.); reject: to overrule an objection.
3. to prevail over so as to change the purpose or action: a delay that overruled our plans.
4. to exercise control or influence over: belief in a beneficent deity that overrules the universe.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.