Definitions for precludeprɪˈklud

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. preclude, rule out, close out(verb)

    make impossible, especially beforehand


  1. preclude(Verb)

    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!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preclude

    to put a barrier before; hence, to shut out; to hinder; to stop; to impede

  2. Preclude

    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

  3. Origin: [L. praecludere, praeclusum; prae before + claudere to shut. See Close, v.]

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