To prevent the occurrence or existence of something; to exclude from something.
Anyone who has breast-fed knows two things for sure: The baby wants to be fed at the most inopportune times, in the most inopportune places, and the baby will prevail. . . . And so the baby should, and the mom, too. Sometimes a breast is a sexual object, and sometimes it’s a food delivery system, and one need not preclude nor color the other.
—Anna Quindlen New York Times, May 25, 1994
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