WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
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 © 2017
pre•clude  (pri klo̅o̅d),USA pronunciation 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.
pre•cluda•ble, adj. 
pre•clu•sion  (pri klo̅o̅zhən),USA pronunciation n.  pre•clu•sive  (pri klo̅o̅siv),USA pronunciation adj.  pre•clusive•ly, adv. 
  • Latin praeclūdere to shut off, close, equivalent. to prae- pre- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to shut, close
  • 1610–20
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged forestall;
      eliminate.

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