In order to preclude a possibly dangerous driving situation, Mitchell handed his car keys over to his friend.
An example of preclude is when you take someone's keys away so that they cannot drive.
transitive verb-·clud′ed, -·clud′ing
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!