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preclude /prɪˈkluːd/ vb (transitive)
  1. to exclude or debar
  2. to make impossible, esp beforehand
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin praeclūdere to shut up, from prae in front, before + claudere to close

preclusion /prɪˈkluːʒən/ n preclusive /prɪˈkluːsɪv/ adj

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