Definition of preclude verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

preclude

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//prɪˈkluːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈkluːd//
 
(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preclude
BrE BrE//prɪˈkluːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈkluːd//
 
he / she / it precludes
BrE BrE//prɪˈkluːdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈkluːdz//
 
past simple precluded
BrE BrE//prɪˈkluːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈkluːdɪd//
 
past participle precluded
BrE BrE//prɪˈkluːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈkluːdɪd//
 
-ing form precluding
BrE BrE//prɪˈkluːdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈkluːdɪŋ//
 
 
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to prevent something from happening or somebody from doing something; to make something impossible preclude something Lack of time precludes any further discussion. Your failure to become a member this year does not preclude the possibility of your applying next year. preclude somebody from doing something My lack of interest in the subject precluded me from gaining much enjoyment out of it. preclude (somebody) doing something His religious beliefs precluded him/his serving in the army. We cannot have a system that precludes people from seeking independent legal advice. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘bar a route or passage’): from Latin praecludere, from prae ‘before’ + claudere ‘to shut’.
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