- 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
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1. forestall; eliminate.
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Of course, this is not to preclude that minorities will remain in either state where they will receive full civil rights.The Truth About Yisrael Beytenu
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She was "diligent in business," but this did not preclude her being "fervent in spirit."Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
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His surprise was so great as to preclude the sight of Dora herself.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
The demand was of a nature to preclude the exercise of courtesy.King Philip
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Fortunately the fact that she was a girl did not preclude thinking.
The shapes are so multifarious, as to preclude us from giving any specific directions.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
- to exclude or debar
- to make impossible, esp beforehand
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
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