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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbidverb

    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 outverb

    make impossible, especially beforehand


  1. precludeverb

    Remove the possibility of; rule out; prevent or exclude; to make impossible.

    It has been raining for days, but that doesn't 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

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

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of preclude in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Anita Hill:

    This doesn't preclude Solis Doyle from running. This doesn't preclude Solis Doyle from winning, i think Solis Doyle just needs to be very direct and forthright about Solis Doyle apology.

  3. Chuck Grassley:

    My policy is that unreturned or negative blue slips will not necessarily preclude a hearing for a circuit-court nominee, unless the White House failed to consult with home-state senators.

  4. State John Kerry on Tuesday:

    Closing the (Possible Military Dimensions) agenda item will in no way preclude the IAEA from investigating if there is reason to believe Iran is pursuing any covert nuclear activities in the future, as it had in the past, today’s resolution makes clear that the IAEA’s Board of Governors will be watching closely to verify that Iran fully implements its commitments under the JCPOA.

  5. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf:

    States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID.

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    living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
    • A. ambidextrous
    • B. epidemic
    • C. articulate
    • D. ravening

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