- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. forestall; eliminate.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for preclusion
Advantages like these he certainly may enjoy in consequence of his preclusion from the higher and wider field of ideas.An Essay on the Evils of Popular Ignorance
It operates to preclude the consent of the succeeding generations; and the preclusion of consent is despotism.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume II
"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree" in preclusion of uniting or mixing with others.The Palm Tree Blessing
W. E. Shepard
- to exclude or debar
- to make impossible, esp beforehand
C17: from Latin praeclūdere to shut up, from prae in front, before + claudere to close
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for preclusion
1610s, from Latin praeclusionem (nominative praeclusio) "a shutting off," noun of action from past participle stem of praecludere (see preclude).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper