Etymology
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ruling (n.)

early 13c., "action of governing;" 1550s, "determination by a judge or court on a point arising in the course of a trial or hearing;" 1610s, "act of making ruled lines," verbal noun from rule (v.).

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Definitions of ruling
1
ruling (n.)
the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself);
Synonyms: opinion
2
ruling (adj.)
exercising power or authority;
Synonyms: regnant / reigning
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