preclude

[pri-klood]
verb (used with object), precluded, precluding.
1.
to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible: The insufficiency of the evidence precludes a conviction.
2.
to exclude or debar from something: His physical disability precludes an athletic career for him.

Origin:
1610–20; < Latin praeclūdere to shut off, close, equivalent to prae- pre- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to shut, close

precludable, adjective
preclusion [pri-kloo-zhuhn] , noun
preclusive [pri-kloo-siv] , adjective
preclusively, adverb
unprecludable, adjective
unprecluded, adjective
unpreclusive, adjective
unpreclusively, adverb


1. forestall; eliminate.
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preclude (prɪˈkluːd)
 
vb
1.  to exclude or debar
2.  to make impossible, esp beforehand
 
[C17: from Latin praeclūdere to shut up, from prae in front, before + claudere to close]
 
pre'cludable
 
adj
 
preclusion
 
n
 
preclusive
 
adj
 
pre'clusively
 
adv

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preclude
1618, from L. præcludere "to close, shut off, impede," from L. præ- "before, ahead" + claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)).
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Example sentences
The size of the audience precluded the possibility of the fund having been
  benefited to any great extent.
Such fears have precluded a free market for land, further adding to private
  firms' difficulties.
For decades conflict and strife precluded work in the area.
In contrast, science attempts to use unbiased observation, where possible
  alternate explanations are precluded.
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