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[ pri-klood ]

verb (used with object)

, pre·clud·ed, pre·clud·ing.
  1. to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible:

    The insufficiency of the evidence precludes a conviction.

    Synonyms: eliminate, forestall

  2. to exclude or debar from something:

    His contract precludes a raise for him.


/ prɪˈkluːd; prɪˈkluːʒən; prɪˈkluːsɪv /


  1. to exclude or debar
  2. to make impossible, esp beforehand
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Derived Forms

  • preclusion, noun
  • preclusive, adjective
  • preˈcludable, adjective
  • preˈclusively, adverb
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Other Words From

  • pre·clud·a·ble adjective
  • pre·clu·sion [pri-, kloo, -zh, uh, n], noun
  • pre·clu·sive [pri-, kloo, -siv], adjective
  • pre·clu·sive·ly adverb
  • un·pre·clud·a·ble adjective
  • un·pre·clu·sive adjective
  • un·pre·clu·sive·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of preclude1

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin praeclūdere “to shut off, close,” equivalent to prae- pre- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere “to shut, close
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Word History and Origins

Origin of preclude1

C17: from Latin praeclūdere to shut up, from prae in front, before + claudere to close
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Example Sentences

It also precluded collective bargaining rights for charter schoolteachers.

The law precludes parents from suing their doctor or hospital when a child is born with severe brain damage as the result of oxygen deprivation or spinal cord injury.

It is likely, in other words, that at least some people will be able to get an exemption from a statewide or citywide vaccine mandate if they have a medical condition that precludes them from being vaccinated.

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In this case, pandemic restrictions precluded this type of analysis.

Metro said the collective bargaining agreement with the Metro police union “precludes lookback discipline” if an employee is not investigated in a timely manner, which was the case with the detective at the center of the internal probe.

Crow explained that his site put preventative measures in place to preclude trolls from reigning.

That did not preclude Ebony Jones from speaking about her mother.

Instead, we should be wondering why it should preclude her from doing anything else she so chooses.

Such a restraining order, however, will often preclude the defendant from retaining his counsel of choice.

Which somehow didn't preclude your part-time summer job at Blenders Juicery.

Its allegory, its learned literary allusions, its delving into obscure historic events, preclude any hope of popular success.

I reviewed all the circumstances which would preclude the possibility of an Indian attack on the three travelers.

Government had never intended to preclude itself from inquiring to what towns corporate powers should be extended.

The latter admitted the reproach—if reproach it were—of having framed the speech with a view to preclude discussion.

Your goodness, candor, and sincerity preclude your suspecting in others either fraud or malignity.