• WordNet 3.6
    • v preclude 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"
    • v preclude make impossible, especially beforehand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Preclude To put a barrier before; hence, to shut out; to hinder; to stop; to impede. "The valves preclude the blood from entering the veins."
    • 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. "This much will obviate and preclude the objections."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preclude To close; stop up; shut; prevent access to.
    • preclude To shut out; hinder by excluding; prevent; impede.
    • preclude To prevent by anticipative action; render in-effectual or unsuccessful; hinder the action of.
    • preclude Synonyms To prevent, bar, debar, prohibit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Preclude prē-klud′ to shut out beforehand: to hinder by anticipation: to keep back: to prevent from taking place
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, and opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praecludere, praeclusum,; prae, before + claudere, to shut. See Close (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præcludĕre, -clusumpræ, before, claudĕre, to shut.


In literature:

Their absurd love of home precludes the possibility of their emigrating to a warmer latitude.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Back water had already made an island of the city, precluding any possibility of escape to the high hills.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
However, if the construction of Seneca is precluded for the time being or for good, that measure is not available.
"The Nation's River" by United States Department of the Interior
The very origin and nature of this right precluded any question of transfer or alienation.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
Interim goals might have provided impetus for gradual change and precluded the virtual inertia that gripped the Army staff.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
This seemed to preclude the idea of taking the other two stockades.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
But such are exceptions only, and should not preclude attempts at improvement.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862" by Various
Of course, your proposition for a contract is precluded.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Upon the resignation of Knudsen the premiership was offered to Michelsen, whose health, however, precluded his accepting it.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
Even now this case precludes ordinary and conscious telepathy.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
The inner tragedy of the man's own life had precluded interest in outside happenings.
"Big Game" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
This was fastened transversely, but not so as to preclude all motion.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
The decent, even precise, arrangement of the clothing about her feet, which precludes any theory involving accident.
"That Affair Next Door" by Anna Katharine Green
It at once precludes the idea of her having any such minor virtues as grace, beauty, wit, etc.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
He wished for something simple and natural, which would preclude the idea of suicide.
"The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
Not by the Capes Horn or Good Hope; the "sea of fire" precluded that.
"The Ocean and its Wonders" by R.M. Ballantyne
It is not so obviously true as to preclude challenge and argument.
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd
It was just of the proper firmness to preclude the possibility of a horse's hoof either sliding or sinking into it.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
If the situation of a fracture precludes its discovery by means of this abnormal flexibility, other modes of detection remain.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The high heels, which almost wholly precluded safe walking, lasted their century.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various

In poetry:

Deep in an earthy trap they lay,
An iron grate above,
Precluded them from chearful day,
And from a mother's love!
"The Panther" by William Hayley

In news:

It doesn't preclude any of the virtues and values that religious people sometimes like to claim as belonging only to them.
Rutland 's board of aldermen voted unanimously this week for a zoning bylaw that precludes dispensaries in the city.
A Lexington lawmaker has drafted legislation that would specifically preclude insurance plans made available to Kentuckians under federal health care reforms from paying for abortions.
State law precludes talk of boy 's arrest, DA says.
The move doesn't preclude them from exceeding the cap .
Academy spokesman David Cannon says the Privacy Act precludes him from disclosing the reason for Clark 's dismissal that comes less than a week before graduation.
Unfortunately, Wall Street's fear of empowering investigators will preclude Congress from remedying that gap.
State law precludes talk of boy's arrest, DA says.
Academy spokesman David Cannon says the Privacy Act precludes him from disclosing the reason for Clark's dismissal that comes less than a week before graduation.
Conventions of restaurant criticism preclude reviewers being the first visitors through the door, which is fine with me.
The presidential campaign is styled as a titanic debate among candidates who would take America in vastly different directions, but the parameters of the game preclude any such major switch.
Katz has said repeatedly he may in fact run again, noting his earlier support of city council term limits does not preclude the possibility of a fourth run for office.
Chances are that capital requirements will preclude any single entity from ever owning a significant vertically integrated supply chain in the beef industry, says Bill Rupp, president of the JBS US Beef Division (JBS).
Though some ski areas around the state have opened here and there for a day or two, the weather recently has precluded most from opening on their target dates.
My health precludes me from enjoying it any longer.

In science:

For general f and h, one can not preclude a destabilisation of the steady solution (1) to a limit cycle .
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
Numerov in 1923, is free of the pointed difficulty but the first derivative term in Eq. (1) precludes from its immediate application.
A generalized Numerov method for linear second-order differential equations involving a first derivative term
However, the definition of homomorphism does not apparently preclude the existence of such an example.
Weak Omega Categories I
In the final section, we provide an 8-dimensional nilmanifold which does not admit a left-invariant generalized complex structure, thus precluding the possibility that all nilmanifolds admit left-invariant generalized complex geometry.
Generalized complex structures on nilmanifolds
Moreover, since the maximum mass of a WD is limited to the Chandrasekhar mass: MCh = 1.44 M⊙ , we expect not to find SGRs with pulsation periods 6 2.1 s (see Table2). A prediction that agrees with current data, but that is not precluded by the magnetar model.
A white dwarf-neutron star relativistic binary model for soft gamma-ray repeaters
Chiu and Quine show that the number of seeds accepted inside a cube Qλ of volume λ by time t satisfies a CLT, but apart from numerical considerations, their arguments do not preclude the possibility of limiting normal random variable with zero variance .
Gaussian limits for random measures in geometric probability
Though a good collapse is obtained for α = 0.93, but the error bar does not preclude α = 1 (shown in Fig. 8b), especially if there are finite corrections.
Unzipping an adsorbed polymer in a dirty or random environment
The reason such a restriction precludes a valid nonlocality proof is straightforward.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
The fact that the static dielectric constant of CsBiNb2O7 does not display a large temperature variation around room temperature does not preclude a ferroelectric transition at a higher temperature.
Ferroelectricity in the Dion-Jacobson CsBiNb$_2$O$_7$ from first principles
On the other hand, the absence of large amplitude variability does not necessarily preclude the presence of a disk.
The Variability and Rotation of Pre-main Sequence Stars in IC 348: Does Intracluster Environment Influence Stellar Rotation?
The second example shows that in contrast to the nonparametric setting, the vanishing of variational distance does not by itself preclude MLE (or other) estimation for certain random functions.
Inverting Random Functions III: Discrete MLE Revisited
Once again however, due to the very high Tc and in turn the extraordinarily large value of the second critical field Hc2 , this approach is precluded near optimal doping on the cleanest cuprates.
Tl2Ba2CuO6+d Brings Spectroscopic Probes Deep Into the Overdoped Regime of the High-Tc Cuprates
The short time span available for evaluating pointing performance unfortunately precluded any studies of the long term stability of the pointing terms.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
This reaction has since been remeasured and precludes this solution .
Coupled Variations of Fundamental Couplings and Primordial Nucleosynthesis
Thus, in the case of preclusion, there is a valid path from x to z , and z is more specific than v , so τ ◦ v 6→ y is precluded.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems