An example of preclude is when you take someone's keys away so that they cannot drive.
Origin of precludeClassical Latin praecludere, to shut off ; from prae-, before (see pre-) + claudere, to close
transitive verbpre·clud·ed, pre·clud·ing, pre·cludes
- To make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent. See Synonyms at prevent.
- To exclude or prevent (someone) from a given condition or activity: Modesty precludes me from accepting the honor.
Origin of precludeLatin praeclūdere : prae-, pre- + claudere, to close.
(third-person singular simple present precludes, present participle precluding, simple past and past participle precluded)
- 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!