UK [prɪˈkluːd] / US [prɪˈklud] verb [transitive]
Word forms "preclude":
present tense I/you/we/they preclude he/she/it precludes present participle precluding past tense precluded past participle precluded formal
if one thing precludes another, the first thing prevents the second one from happening

This policy precludes the routine use of chemicals.

Tercek's interviewing style precluded any long-winded answers.

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  • preclude — pre·clude /pri klüd/ vt pre·clud·ed, pre·clud·ing: to prevent or exclude by necessary consequence the requirement of a marriage ceremony preclude s the creation of common law marriages in this jurisdiction: as a: to prevent (a party) from… …   Law dictionary

  • Preclude — Pre*clude , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Precluded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Precluding}.] [L. praecludere, praeclusum; prae before + claudere to shut. See {Close}, v.] 1. To put a barrier before; hence, to shut out; to hinder; to stop; to impede. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preclude — (v.) 1610s, from L. praecludere to close, shut off, impede, from L. prae before, ahead (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + claudere to shut (see CLOSE (Cf. close) (v.)). Related: Precluded; precluding …   Etymology dictionary

  • preclude — *prevent, obviate, avert, ward Analogous words: *hinder, obstruct, impede, block, bar: *stop, discontinue, quit, cease: *exclude, eliminate, shut out, debar …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • preclude — [v] inhibit; make impossible avert, cease, check, debar, deter, discontinue, exclude, forestall, forfend, hinder, impede, interrupt, make impracticable, obviate, prevent, prohibit, put a stop to, quit, restrain, rule out, stave off, stop, ward;… …   New thesaurus

  • preclude — ► VERB ▪ prevent (something) from happening or (someone) from doing something. DERIVATIVES preclusion noun. ORIGIN Latin praecludere shut off, impede …   English terms dictionary

  • preclude — [prē klo͞od′, priklo͞od′] vt. precluded, precluding [L praecludere, to shut off < prae , before (see PRE ) + claudere, to CLOSE2] to make impossible, esp. in advance; shut out; prevent SYN. PREVENT preclusion [prēklo͞o′zhən, priklo͞o′zhən] n.… …   English World dictionary

  • preclude — v. (formal) (d; tr.) to preclude from (to preclude smb. from doing smt.) * * * [prɪ kluːd] (formal) (d; tr.) to preclude from (to preclude smb. from doing smt.) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • preclude — pre|clude [prıˈklu:d] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: praecludere to block up , from claudere to close ] formal to prevent something or make something impossible ▪ rules that preclude experimentation in teaching methods preclude sb from… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • preclude — verb (T) formal to prevent something or make something impossible: preclude sb from doing something: Age alone will not preclude him from standing as a candidate. preclusion / klu:ZFn/ noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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