Preclude Pre*clude", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Precluded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Precluding}.] [L. praecludere, praeclusum; prae before + claudere to shut. See {Close}, v.] 1. To put a barrier before; hence, to shut out; to hinder; to stop; to impede. [1913 Webster]

The valves preclude the blood from entering the veins. --E. Darwin. [1913 Webster]

2. To shut out by anticipative action; to prevent or hinder by necessary consequence or implication; to deter action of, access to, employment of, etc.; to render ineffectual; to obviate by anticipation. [1913 Webster]

This much will obviate and preclude the objections. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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