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- præclude (obsolete)
- (transitive) 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!
- 1962 October, G. Freeman Allen, “The New Look in Scotland's Northern Division—II”, in Modern Railways, page 271:
- This is of unusual importance at Perth, compared with other modern yards, because the restricted scope for layout development precluded provision of a separate track as a head shunt at the southern end of the yard site. When such a facility is required, the main line has to be employed.
- 2013 August 9, Douglas Main, “Israel Outlaws Water Fluoridation”, in livescience, retrieved 2013-09-30:
- Israel's decision to ban fluoridation follows a vote to preclude the practice in Portland, Ore., and Wichita, Kan. It was also recently overturned in Hamilton, the fourth most populous city in New Zealand.
- 2020 June 17, David Clough, “Then and now: trains through Crewe”, in Rail, page 61:
- All the overnight trains were composed of Mk 1 vehicles that had vacuum brakes. This precluded the use of new Class 87s, which only had train air braking equipment, [...].
- Rhymes: -ude