preclude
Pronunciation
  • (America, British) IPA: /pɹɪˈkluːd/, /pɹiːˈkluːd/
Verb

preclude (precludes, present participle precluding; past and past participle precluded)

  1. (transitive) Remove the possibility of; rule out; prevent or exclude; to make impossible.
    It has been raining for days, but that doesn’t preclude the possibility that the skies will clear by this afternoon!
    • Israel's decision to ban fluoridation follows a vote to preclude the practice in Portland, Ore., and Wichita, Kan. It was also recently overturned in Hamilton, the fourth most populous city in New Zealand.
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