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preclude

[pri-klood] /prɪˈklud/
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
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin praeclūdere to shut off, close, equivalent to prae- pre- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to shut, close
Related forms
precludable, adjective
preclusion
[pri-kloo-zhuh n] /prɪˈklu ʒən/ (Show IPA),
noun
preclusive
[pri-kloo-siv] /prɪˈklu sɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
preclusively, adverb
unprecludable, adjective
unprecluded, adjective
unpreclusive, adjective
unpreclusively, adverb
Synonyms
1. forestall; eliminate.
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  • The preclusion of one condition does not automatically mean the validation of the other.
  • On intermediate appeal, the district court ruled that the siblings' opposition to the exemption was barred by claim preclusion.
British Dictionary definitions for preclusion

preclude

/prɪˈkluːd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to exclude or debar
2.
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 preclusion
n.

1610s, from Latin praeclusionem (nominative praeclusio) "a shutting off," noun of action from past participle stem of praecludere (see preclude).

preclude

v.

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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