Definition of preclude in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈklo͞od/


[with object]
1Prevent from happening; make impossible: the secret nature of his work precluded official recognition
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  • Lack of government initiative and low literacy rates preclude effective prevention programmes.
  • Also, any space between the floor and the bottom of the machines is blocked with wire to prevent tools from rolling under the machines, thereby precluding the need for workers to reach under to retrieve them.
  • However, there is no special rule precluding liability in all cases of group or class defamation.
prevent, make it impossible for, rule out, stop, prohibit, debar, bar, hinder, impede, inhibit, exclude
1.1 (preclude someone from) (Of a situation or condition) prevent someone from doing something: his difficulties preclude him from leading a normal life
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  • The shock of what he saw and heard has, as I write, put him into a condition that precludes him from talking about it.
  • As a Catholic, she was looked upon with suspicion by the government and the people of England - a situation that precluded her from being at her husband's side during his coronation.
  • Of course, clauses exist that require pilots to report any conditions that would preclude them from safe flying, but the same is true with driving.



Pronunciation: /prəˈklo͞oZH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • That means that even in the absence of formal preclusion from bringing lawsuit, the practical exposure of bus companies is very limited.
  • Agitated patients are a danger to themselves and others due to poor judgement, striking out toward others and preclusion of in-depth medical evaluations.
  • In these circumstances, it is unnecessary to consider the wider questions about preclusion which were dealt with in the Minister's submissions.


Pronunciation: /prəˈklo͞osiv/
Example sentences
  • The defence of the Commonwealth does not assert that that award has some preclusive effect preventing him from taking later action at common law.
  • Asked why no preclusive action was taken despite the rally being scheduled and announced earlier, he said the venue of the rally itself was not appropriate.
  • Presidential claim to a power at once so conclusive and preclusive must be scrutinized with caution, for what is at stake is the equilibrium established by our constitutional system.


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

Words that rhyme with preclude

allude, brood, collude, conclude, crude, delude, dude, elude, étude, exclude, extrude, exude, feud, food, illude, include, intrude, Jude, lewd, mood, nude, obtrude, occlude, Oudh, protrude, prude, pseud, pultrude, rood, rude, seclude, shrewd, snood, transude, unglued, unsubdued, who'd, you'd

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Syllabification: pre·clude

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