WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to prevent the presence of; exclude the possibility of:evidence that precluded a conviction.
- to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible:The insufficiency of the evidence precludes a conviction.
- to exclude or debar from something:His physical disability precludes an athletic career for him.
- Latin praeclūdere to shut off, close, equivalent. to prae- pre- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to shut, close
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged forestall;