Definitions for precludeprɪˈklud
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to prevent the presence or occurrence of; make impossible:
evidence that precludes a conviction.
to exclude or debar:
Belief in free will precludes the acceptance of predestination.
Origin of preclude:
1610–20; < L praeclūdere to shut off =prae-pre - +-clūdere, comb. form of claudere to shut, close
prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid(verb)
keep from happening or arising; make impossible
"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
preclude, rule out, close out(verb)
make impossible, especially beforehand
Remove the possibility of; rule out; prevent or exclude; to make impossible.
It has been raining for days, but that doesnu2019t preclude the possibility that the skies will clear by this afternoon!
to put a barrier before; hence, to shut out; to hinder; to stop; to impede
to shut out by anticipative action; to prevent or hinder by necessary consequence or implication; to deter action of, access to, employment of, etc.; to render ineffectual; to obviate by anticipation