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preclude

pre·clude

preclude

 
pronunciation:
prih klud
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: precluded, precludes, precluding
definition: to prevent from happening by means of prior action.
Her sharp words precluded any friendship between them.
 
synonyms:
bar, block, foil, forestall, frustrate, hinder, obviate, prevent
similar words:
avert, debar, estop, exclude, hamper, impede, nip, restrain, rule out
derivations: preclusive (adj.), preclusion (n.)
Word Parts
The word preclude contains the following parts:
pre- Latin prefix that means before
synonyms:
pro-2, ante-
antonyms:
post-