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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.
Origin of preclude
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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  • Magpies are plentiful and are seen in flocks of twenty at a time, in numbers that preclude any superstition attaching to them.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • This was fastened transversely, but not so as to preclude all motion.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • But the religious life did not for him preclude the joys of the intellect.

  • She was "diligent in business," but this did not preclude her being "fervent in spirit."

  • Shall I preclude my future by taking a high seat and kindly adapting my conversation to the shape of heads?

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for preclude


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for preclude

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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