verb pre·clude \pri-ˈklüd\

: to make (something) impossible : to prevent (something) from happening

: to prevent (someone) from doing something


Full Definition of PRECLUDE

transitive verb
archaic :  close
:  to make impossible by necessary consequence :  rule out in advance
pre·clu·sion \-ˈklü-zhən\ noun
pre·clu·sive \-ˈklü-siv, -ziv\ adjective
pre·clu·sive·ly adverb

Examples of PRECLUDE

  1. She suffered an injury that precluded the possibility of an athletic career.
  2. Bad weather precluded any further attempts to reach the summit.
  3. I fear these things, but vaguely, for my brain buzzes in the merciful wash of endorphins that preclude any thought from occupying it too long. —Louise Erdrich, Harper's, May 1993

Origin of PRECLUDE

Latin praecludere, from prae- + claudere to close — more at close
First Known Use: 1629

Other Logic Terms

a posteriori, connotation, corollary, inference, mutually exclusive, paradox, postulate, syllogism


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