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preclude vs. exclude

[ pri-klood ]
verb (used with object),
  1. to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible: The insufficiency of the evidence precludes a conviction.
  2. to exclude or debar from something: His contract precludes a raise for him.
[ ik-sklood ]
verb (used with object),
  1. to shut or keep out; prevent the entrance of.
  2. to shut out from consideration, privilege, etc.: Employees and their relatives were excluded from participation in the contest.
  3. to expel and keep out; thrust out; eject: He was excluded from the club for infractions of the rules.

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