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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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Examples for precluding
  • In one condition, participants recorded their predictions before seeing any of the flips, precluding the opportunity to cheat.
  • There are handles on both sides, thus precluding the need to link arms but increasing the possibility of breaking them.
  • Unsealing indictments would demonstrate seriousness of intent without precluding a settlement later.
  • The planet is not believed to transit its star, precluding astronomers' mapping its weather anytime soon.
  • Religionists would have the world treat their ideas as inscrutable, thereby precluding any investigation of them.
  • Closed opinions precluding further discoveries resembled, to my mind, a rigged auction.
  • Which precluded and still is precluding a political settlement.
British Dictionary definitions for precluding


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 precluding
1618, from L. præcludere "to close, shut off, impede," from L. præ- "before, ahead" + claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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