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preclude

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Definition keep from happening or arising
  • The first amendment precludes Congress from passing laws that create a state religion.
precludes = keeps from happening or arising
  • Don't rule out working with your hands. It does not preclude using your head.
    Andy Rooney
  • Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.
    R. Buckminster Fuller
  • But for the moment his sense of relief was so great as to preclude all other feelings.
    Wharton, Edith  --  Ethan Frome
  • But for the moment his sense of relief was so great as to preclude all other feelings.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • preclude = keep from arising
  • At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled—but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved, precluded the idea of risk.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • precluded = prevented (kept from arising)
  • The speed of the fellow seemed to preclude the possibility of escaping him upon the open beach.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  At the Earth's Core
  • His work in Medusa precluded any sustained career in the State Department.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Their programming would have precluded this.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Wisdom precludes boldness.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The capitalistic basis of the great values of Western culture will preclude solution of the world's problems.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • It occurred to me that the business of surviving precluded a great many things, exploring and falling in love not least among them.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • And his agitation precluded further speech; he advanced hastily to the entrance, where I made way for him to pass.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • While the plane had heaters to preclude this, it is possible the heaters were not activated.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • The problem of a forced boarding precludes that—makes it impossible?
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The priest made a gesture of appeasement, a raised hand that precluded any need for further explanation.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • An union of a different tendency, and precluding the possibility of the other, was soon to be formed in their family.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • In the realm of totalitarian kitsch, all answers are given in advance and preclude any questions.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • A failing out doesn't preclude a later rapprochement, his mind retorted with a kind of grave and implacable calm.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Certain he could not stand against her, Attolia stepped back, forgetting that being defenseless didn't preclude attack.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia

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