- 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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True morality is hostile to that prudence only, which is preclusive of true morality.Aids to Reflection
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- 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 preclusive
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