v. make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; eliminate
The fact that the band was already booked to play in Hollywood on New Year's Eve would preclude their accepting the New Year's Eve gig in London.
Sentence in Classic:
With the precision and definiteness customary in addressing prisoners, and which is supposed to preclude human frailty, Pierre like the others was questioned as to who he was, where he had been, with what object, and so on.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy Context
This did not preclude the immediate discovery that she was some years younger than her visitor, and that under her showiness, her ease, the aggression of her dress and voice, there persisted that ineradicable innocence which, in ladies of her nationality, so curiously coexists with startling extremes of experience.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
Javert remained silent for an instant as though collecting his ideas, then raised his voice with a sort of sad solemnity, which did not, however, preclude simplicity.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
From a meteorological point of view, these cold winds possessed this peculiarity, that they did not preclude a strong electric tension.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
But Prince Vasili interrupted him in the special deep cooing tone, precluding the possibility of interrupting his speech, which he used in extreme cases when special persuasion was needed.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy Context