Pronunciation: (pri-klOOd'), [key]
—v.t., -clud•ed, -clud•ing.
1. to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible: The insufficiency of the evidence precludes a conviction.
2. to exclude or debar from something: His physical disability precludes an athletic career for him.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.