1610–20; < Latin praeclūdere to shut off, close, equivalent to prae- pre- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to shut, close (Source:

Late 15th century (in the sense ‘bar a route or passage’): from Latin praecludere, from prae ‘before’ + claudere ‘to shut’. (Source:

Definitions of Preclude


verb (used with object)

  1. to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible:
  2. to exclude or debar from something:



  1. to exclude or debar
  2. to make impossible, esp beforehand



  1. Prevent from happening; make impossible.



  1. : to make impossible by necessary consequence : rule out in advance
  2. : close

Example sentences for Preclude

  1. Crow explained that his site put preventative measures in place to preclude trolls from reigning.
  2. That did not preclude Ebony Jones from speaking about her mother.
  3. Instead, we should be wondering why it should preclude her from doing anything else she so chooses.
  4. Such a restraining order, however, will often preclude the defendant from retaining his counsel of choice.
  5. Of course, this is not to preclude that minorities will remain in either state where they will receive full civil rights.
  6. Some invisible power seemed to be enlisted in our defence and to preclude the necessity of our arms.
  7. This fact does not, however, preclude another, that the environment has helped in the process.
  8. The conditions in which his work is done, however, preclude the possibility of careless reading.
  9. The fire was issuing from a long straw-stack, which was so far gone as to preclude a possibility of saving it.
  10. In this country, the most abject poverty need not preclude the craving mind from its natural aliment, books.

Related words & Synonyms

forestall, eliminate, hinder, prevent, avert, prohibit, forestall, cease, deter, impede, exclude, obviate, quit, debar, discontinue, stop, restrain, interrupt, ward, check, forfend

Nearby words

precision casting , precisionism , precisive , preclimax , preclinical , precocial , precocious , precocious puberty , precocity , precognition

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