The difference between Abrogate and Overrule

When used as verbs, abrogate means to annul by an authoritative act, whereas overrule means to rule over.

Abrogate is also adjective with the meaning: abrogated.

check bellow for the other definitions of Abrogate and Overrule

  1. Abrogate as a verb (transitive):

    To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or her or his successor; to repeal; — applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc.

  2. Abrogate as a verb (transitive):

    To put an end to; to do away with.

  3. Abrogate as a verb (molecular biology, transitive):

    To block a process or function.

  1. Abrogate as an adjective (archaic):

    Abrogated; abolished.

  1. Overrule as a verb (transitive):

    To rule over; to govern or determine by superior authority.

  2. Overrule as a verb (transitive):

    To rule or determine in a contrary way; to decide against; to abrogate or alter.

  3. Overrule as a verb (transitive):

    To nullify a previous ruling by a higher power.


    "The line judge signalled the ball was in, but this was overruled by the umpire."

  4. Overrule as a verb (transitive, legal):

    To dismiss or throw out (a protest or objection) at a court.