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
And yet this device's size, weight and inability to make phone calls preclude it from replacing a smartphone.
That would kind of preclude charging them interest, too … stevie314159 says:
The bizarre logic behind this idea is that the facts of evolution do not "preclude" the existence of god.
Mr. Schurz made an inquiry of Mr. Howe as to the grounds upon which the senator was to be deposed; and the answer was that "the personal relations between the senator from Massachusetts and the President of the United States and the head of the State Department are such as preclude all social intercourse between them."
Gates said he did not want to "preclude" the discussion and it will be up to the incoming commandant, Gen. James Amos, if confirmed by the Senate, to undertake that "intellectual effort."
For example, a student uses "preclude" instead of "precede" when talking about one event coming before another.
And yet 'preclude' is not a particularly erudite term.
Daniel Pike, the acting director of the Pentagon's office of African affairs, said that while there was no "intention at this point" to go after pirates inside Somalia, the US Defense Department doesn't "preclude" doing so in the future.
Lincoln will not 'preclude' herself from voting 'no' on health care reform.
"preclude" ad hominem assaults on the vulnerable and helpless.