• 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

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