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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.
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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  • The size of the audience precluded the possibility of the fund having been benefited to any great extent.
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  • For decades conflict and strife precluded work in the area.
  • In contrast, science attempts to use unbiased observation, where possible alternate explanations are precluded.
  • More important perhaps, the meager budget for a weekly television show precluded landing a huge starship every week.
  • The company was precluded from further city contracts.
  • Curry said the agreement precluded him from talking about the settlement.
  • Since all property was state owned, this precluded any personal initiative unless it was first blessed by the bureaucracy.
  • Unfortunately geography and a full life precluded that.
  • The rider also precluded judicial review of this provision.
British Dictionary definitions for precluded


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 precluded



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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