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Definition of preclude:

  1. To shut out; to hinder from access; to debar; to prevent from happening or taking place.


veto, prevent, foreclose, study at prevent, proscribe, help, hinder, keep, interdict, stop, winnow out, rule in, foresee, avoid, allow, avert, close out, impede, anticipate, forbid, counter, get in the way of something, discourage, knock something on the head, obstruct, forestall, squash, nix, nip in the bud, forfend, head off, obviate, rule out, stave off, eliminate.

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