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  Definition of preclude
  1. keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"
  2. make impossible, especially beforehand
Similar Words: prevent, forestall, foreclose, forbid, rule out, close out

 

Hyponyms: save, make unnecessary, debar, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off, obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass, thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk, stop, halt, kibosh

 

Derivational Morphology: obviation, forestalling, preclusion

 

 
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