Examples of preclude in a Sentence
- 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
- … the institution [of slavery] in the United States was almost uniquely despotic, a closed system so powerful and totalitarian that organized insurrection was almost entirely precluded … —William Styron, American Heritage, October 1992
- But conceptual blinders can preclude observation, while most accurate generalities guarantee no proper resolution of specific anatomies, but can certainly guide perceptions along fruitful paths. —Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life, 1989
- … the same profusion of water that precluded overland travel in the summer months could, during the sledgehammer freeze of winter, be utilized as a natural highway—albeit a highway of ice. —Jon Krakauer, Smithsonian, November 1987
She suffered an injury that precluded the possibility of an athletic career.
Bad weather precluded any further attempts to reach the summit.
Recent Examples of preclude from the Web
Still, this does not preclude civil lawsuits being filed by Yemeni individuals or groups for reparations, or a state using universal jurisdiction to try individuals for war crimes.
In recent months, DiNizio had lost mobility in his arms, which precluded him from playing guitar on stage.
Not knowing the name of the county, the city or the town you were born in would preclude you from voting in today’s election.
While there's nothing that precludes us from doing this, one of the biggest questions about this service will be user acceptance.
But since Bowen’s suspension precludes him from practicing with the team, Setchen was concerned that his skills would suffer without outside help.
Alexander instead issued the protective order, but stated at the Oct. 2 hearing that her order didn’t preclude parties from going through the FOI process to obtain the records.
Greinke threw 58 pitches Wednesday, which would appear to preclude him from returning after just two days of rest.
The order doesn’t preclude the court from rescheduling the case for argument at a later point in its nine-month term, which formally starts Monday.
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preclude Uses Within and Outside Law
Preclude is often used in legal writing, where it usually refers to making something legally impossible. A new law may be passed by Congress to preclude any suits of a certain kind against a federal agency, for example. Some judges have found that the warnings on cigarette packs preclude any suits against the tobacco companies by lung-cancer sufferers. But there are plenty of nonlegal uses as well. Bad weather often precludes trips to the beach, and a lack of cash might preclude any beach vacation at all.
Synonymsavert, forestall, head off, help, obviate, prevent, stave off
Related Wordsanticipate, provide; negate, neutralize, nullify; save; baffle, balk, checkmate, deter, foil, frustrate, thwart; bar, block, hamper, hinder, impede, interfere (with), retard, stall; deflect, fend (off), stop, ward (off); avoid, circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, escape, eschew, evade, shake, shirk, shun; forbid, inhibit, prohibit; arrest, check, halt, stop; compensate (for), counteract, counterbalance, make up (for), offset
Near Antonymsabet, aid, assist; ease, facilitate, smooth, unclog; advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nurture, promote; allow, leave, let, permit
PRECLUDE Defined for English Language Learners
legal Definition of preclude
- they are precluded only because they failed to assert…the grounds for recovery they now assert
- —Roach v. Teamsters Local Union No. 688, 595 F.2d 446 (1979)
- the Civil Service Reform Act provides the exclusive address for adverse federal employment actions and thus precludes claims brought under the Tort Claims Act
- —National Law Journal
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