- 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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Related Words for preclusioninterruption, deterrence, halt, blockage, stoppage, interception, obviation, avoidance, obstruction, obstacle, prohibition, hindrance, impediment, determent, thwarting, inhibitor
Examples from the Web for preclusion
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for preclude
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).