AskDefine | Define preclude

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1 keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" [syn: prevent, forestall, foreclose, forbid]
2 make impossible, especially beforehand [syn: rule out, close out]

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  • /pɹɛˈkluːd/


  1. Remove the possibility of; rule out; prevent or exclude
    It has been raining for days, but that doesn’t preclude the possibility that the skies will clear by this afternoon.


rule out




Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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