preclude

[ 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.

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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Examples from the Web for preclusive

  • True morality is hostile to that prudence only, which is preclusive of true morality.

    Aids to Reflection|Samuel Taylor Coleridge

British Dictionary definitions for preclusive

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 preclusive

preclude


v.

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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