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
While American regulations preclude the import of most contemporary foreign-market vehicles, any car that is more than 25 years old can be brought over with impunity.
There have been unconverted breakaways and other missed opportunities that have precluded the team from topping the standings throughout this stretch.
This time, the company says it’s only building 24 Venom F5s, which would seem to preclude a record claim no matter how fast the car goes.
Perhaps Ryu's injury on Friday will preclude the Dodgers from having to make any decision at all.
Beyond father and son dabbling in it, the skill remained tucked in that pocket all through Washington High, where James was good enough to play receiver and kick and punt — thus precluding any long-snapping.
Who knows, but the reality is that all my healthy lifestyle practices did not preclude my risk of colon cancer 100 percent.
Could those conditions preclude the team from playing that night?
The Permanent Fund has become an obstacle that precludes practical, reasonable discussion on creating a sustainable budget.
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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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