from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent. See Synonyms at prevent.
- transitive v. To exclude or prevent (someone) from a given condition or activity: Modesty precludes me from accepting the honor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Remove the possibility of; rule out; prevent or exclude; to make impossible.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put a barrier before; hence, to shut out; to hinder; to stop; to impede.
- transitive v. To shut out by anticipative action; to prevent or hinder by necessary consequence or implication; to deter action of, access to, employment of, etc.; to render ineffectual; to obviate by anticipation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To close; stop up; shut; prevent access to.
- To shut out; hinder by excluding; prevent; impede.
- To prevent by anticipative action; render in-effectual or unsuccessful; hinder the action of.
- Synonyms To prevent, bar, debar, prohibit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make impossible, especially beforehand
- v. keep from happening or arising; make impossible
Latin praeclūdere : prae-, pre- + claudere, to close.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)