Legal Definition and Related Resources of Ruling

Meaning of Ruling

The exposition of law or the legal reason upon which the court rests its judgment . Also, a settlement or decision of a point of law arising from the trial of a case, without necesssarily the force and solemnity of a judgment or order . An order made by a judge at the instance of one of the parties commanding the other party or a ministerial officer of court to do some act, or show cause why some act should be done.

Synonyms of Ruling


  • adjudication
  • award
  • command
  • conclusion
  • court’sfinding
  • decision
  • decree
  • determination
  • edict
  • finding
  • findings of fact and conclusions of law
  • holding
  • judgmentjudicial determination
  • judicial proclamation
  • judicial pronouncement
  • opinion of the court
  • order
  • order of the court
  • pronouncement
  • resolution
  • rule
  • sentence
  • verdict

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Agreed Statement Of Facts, Dicta, Judgment Nisi, , Object, Objection.

Ruling in the One-L Dictionary

An official or authoritative determination, statement, or interpretation (as by a judge on a question of law). In administrative law, a ruling is an interpretation or decision by an administrative agency.

Note: This Ruling definition in the One-L Dictionary for new law students is from Harvard Law School (HLS).

English Spanish Translation of Ruling

Fallo, decisión, dictamen, sentencia (civil), resolución
To issue a ruling: Emitir una decisión

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Translate Ruling from English to Spanish

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This term is a noun.

Etimology of Ruling

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determination by a judge or court on a point arising in the course of a trial or hearing, 1550s, verbal noun from rule (verb).

Meaning of Ruling in Spanish

Description/ translation of ruling into Spanish: (= rule of court) resolución judicial en general (interlocutoria); rules of evidence: principios probatorios[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where ruling belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Ruling published by Antonio Peñaranda

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