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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 of preclude
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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  • 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

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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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