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[pri-klood] /prɪˈklud/
verb (used with object), precluded, precluding.
to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible:
The insufficiency of the evidence precludes a conviction.
to exclude or debar from something:
His physical disability precludes an athletic career for him.
Origin of preclude
1610-20; < Latin praeclūdere to shut off, close, equivalent to prae- pre- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to shut, close
Related forms
precludable, adjective
[pri-kloo-zhuh n] /prɪˈklu ʒən/ (Show IPA),
[pri-kloo-siv] /prɪˈklu sɪv/ (Show IPA),
preclusively, adverb
unprecludable, adjective
unprecluded, adjective
unpreclusive, adjective
unpreclusively, adverb
1. forestall; eliminate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for preclude
  • As a result, both sides have become locked into mindsets that preclude a satisfactory peace treaty.
  • This does not preclude single acts of altruism across species.
  • That is, a more restricted river course would preclude frequent avulsions and construction of the distributive dispersal pattern.
  • The exception are stores in Massachusetts where local laws preclude holiday hours.
  • What we celebrate, in other words, is that seeming puniness does not preclude genuine puissance.
  • The real world does not preclude intellectual engagement.
  • You can't preclude all problems just by increasing the number of regulations.
  • Security may preclude some of these pleasures.
  • The only common automotive system that might preclude an easy recovery from mechanical faliure is the braking system.
  • The test, as proposed by the researchers, appears to me to preclude the inclusion of computers.
British Dictionary definitions for preclude


verb (transitive)
to exclude or debar
to make impossible, esp beforehand
Derived Forms
precludable, adjective
preclusion (prɪˈkluːʒən) noun
preclusive (prɪˈkluːsɪv) adjective
preclusively, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin praeclūdere to shut up, from prae in front, before + claudere to close
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Word Origin and History for preclude

1610s, from Latin praecludere "to close, shut off; hinder, impede," from prae- "before, ahead" (see pre-) + claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)). Related: Precluded; precluding.

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