What does preclude mean?

Definitions for precludeprɪˈklud

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word preclude.

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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preclude

    prē-klud′, v.t. to shut out beforehand: to hinder by anticipation: to keep back: to prevent from taking place.—n. Preclū′sion, act of precluding or hindering: state of being precluded.—adj. Preclū′sive, tending to preclude: hindering beforehand.—adv. Preclū′sively. [L. præcludĕre, -clusumpræ, before, claudĕre, to shut.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preclude in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preclude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andy Rooney:

    Don't rule out working with your hands. It does not preclude using your head.

  2. Farmington Police Chief Paul Melanson:

    The police didn't want to preclude any possibility in the future of using the drones to protect citizens.

  3. Farmington Police Chief Paul Melanson:

    No one is looking for law enforcement to arm drones for offensive purposes, the police didn't want to preclude any possibility in the future of using the drones to protect citizens.

  4. State Department spokesman Mark Toner:

    Secretary Clinton's ethics agreement at the time [she assumed office] did not preclude other State Department officials from engaging with, or having contact with, the Clinton Foundation.

  5. Paul Pillar:

    One cannot expect U.S. consular officers to conduct the equivalent of an FBI background investigation on every visa application; the sheer volume of applications they must review would preclude doing so.

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