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 Dictionary entry overview: What does preclude mean? 

  The verb PRECLUDE has 2 senses:

1. keep from happening or arising; make impossible
2. make impossible, especially beforehand

  Familiarity information: PRECLUDE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1preclude [BACK TO TOP]


Keep from happening or arising; make impossible

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent; forbid

Context examples:

My sense of tact forbids an honest answer / Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "preclude"):

make unnecessary; save (make unnecessary an expenditure or effort)

avert; avoid; debar; deflect; fend off; head off; obviate; stave off; ward off (prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening)

block; blockade; embarrass; hinder; obstruct; stymie; stymy (hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of)

baffle; bilk; cross; foil; frustrate; queer; scotch; spoil; thwart (hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of)

block; halt; kibosh; stop (stop from happening or developing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sense 2preclude [BACK TO TOP]


Make impossible, especially beforehand

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations


close out; rule out; preclude

Hypernyms (to "preclude" is one way to...):

eliminate; obviate; rid of (do away with)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

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