1 keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" [syn: prevent, forestall, foreclose, forbid]
- 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.
- Czech: vyloučit
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