[ pri-klood ]
/ prɪˈklud /

verb (used with object), pre·clud·ed, pre·clud·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. precision casting,
  2. precisionism,
  3. precisive,
  4. preclimax,
  5. preclinical,
  6. preclusion,
  7. preclusive,
  8. preclusively,
  9. precocial,
  10. precocious

Origin of preclude

1610–20; < Latin praeclūdere to shut off, close, equivalent to prae- pre- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to shut, close

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British Dictionary definitions for preclude


/ (prɪˈkluːd) /

verb (tr)

to exclude or debar
to make impossible, esp beforehand
Derived Formsprecludable, adjectivepreclusion (prɪˈkluːʒən), nounpreclusive (prɪˈkluːsɪv), adjectivepreclusively, adverb

Word Origin for preclude

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



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.

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