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preclude

pre·clude

preclude

 
 
pronunciation:
prih klud
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: precluded, precludes, precluding
definition 1: to prevent from happening by means of prior action or previously established condition.
Their heated dispute some years before precluded any future friendship between them.The crimes he committed in his homeland precluded his becoming a U.S. citizen.
 
synonyms:
bar, block, foil, forestall, frustrate, hinder, obviate, prevent
similar words:
avert, debar, estop, exclude, hamper, impede, nip, restrain, rule out
definition 2: to prevent (someone) from doing or becoming something.
Being female in the nineteenth century precluded a woman from voting or holding public office.
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derivations: preclusive (adj.), preclusion (n.)
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