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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pre•clude /prɪˈklud/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object],-clud•ed, -clud•ing. 
  1. to prevent the presence of; exclude the possibility of:evidence that precluded a conviction.
pre•clu•sion /prɪˈkluʒən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pre•clude  (pri klo̅o̅d), 
v.t., -clud•ed, -clud•ing. 
  1. to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible:The insufficiency of the evidence precludes a conviction.
  2. 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
  • 1610–20
pre•cluda•ble, adj. 
pre•clu•sion  (pri klo̅o̅zhən), 
pre•clu•sive  (pri klo̅o̅siv), 
pre•clusive•ly, adv. 
1 . forestall;

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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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