clud-, claud-, claus-, clos-, -clude, -clois, -cluding, -cluded, -clus, -clusion, -clusive

(Latin: to close, to shut)

occlusive (adjective)
occlusive (s) (noun), occlusives (pl)
posteroclusion, posterior occlusion (s) (noun); posteroclusions, posterior occlusions (pl)
1. The most effective contact of the molar and bicuspid teeth of both jaws that allows for all the natural movements of the jaws which are essential to normal mastication and closure.
2. Malocclusion in which the mandibular arch is in a posterior (distal or remote) position in relation to the maxillary arch.
preclude (pri KLOOD) (verb), precludes; precluded; precluding
1. To make something impossible or to rule it out; especially, before something takes place: Because Shelby injured her hand, it will preclude her performing on the piano this evening.
2. To prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of: The judge stated that insufficiency of the evidence precludes a conviction of the defendant.

Ted's physical disability precludes an athletic career for him.

Before going on their vacation, Terry's father decided to have the car checked to in order to preclude any possible breakdown while they were traveling.

To hinder, to stop, to impede an activity.
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precluded (adjective), more precluded, most precluded
1. Descriptive of making something impossible to achieve or to do: Henry's physical disability was a precluded career in athletics for him.
2.Relating to enjoying something because of obstacles: The insufficiency of the precluded evidence prevented a conviction of George for robbing a bank in his neighborhood.
preclusion (s) (noun), preclusions (pl)
1. The act of preventing something by anticipating and disposing of it effectively before it happens.
2. The procedure of shutting out or preventing anything from access or possession of something.
preclusive (adjective), more preclusive, most preclusive
Characteristic of something that is impossible to achieve: Adam's desire to be a professional baseball player was a preclusive objective after the severe injury to his throwing arm.
preclusively (adverb)
recluse (s) (noun), recluses (pl)
Anyone who lives alone and avoids seeing or being with other people: Josh's neighbor is a recluse and is seen no more than once a year.

Some recluses live in solitude in the forests or mountains completely away from other people.

Living in solitude and away from anyone else.
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Living in solitude and away from anyone else.
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recluse (adjective), more recluse, most recluse
A reference to living a solitary life and avoiding any contact with other people: "Jake lived a recluse life on the edge of the woods where he grew his food in a garden, had chickens and ducks for meat, and even hunted for wild animals occasionally, to survive; however, he had no contact with other people."

"After his wife died, Samuel shut himself up in his house and lived a recluse existence until he died."

reclusion (s) (noun), reclusions (pl)
reclusive (adjective), more reclusive, most reclusive
1. Living alone and avoiding other people: "The reclusive woman preferred to live in seclusion or isolation from other people."
2. Those who are withdrawn from society and who seek solitude; something like hermits: "The reclusive couple lived their lives like hermits in solitude and never leaving their house nor communicating with other people unless it was absolutely necessary."
reclusiveness (s) (noun)
seclude (verb), secludes; secluded; secluding
1. To keep or to shut oneself away from the company or the association with other people: Henry secludes himself and only sees his mother once in a while.
2. To make a place very private and quiet by isolating it from anyone else: Jerome secluded a home deep in the forest where nobody ever goes and lives as a hermit who has no contact with other individuals.
3. Etymology: from Latin secludere, "to shut off, to keep out"; from se, "apart" + claudere, "to shut".
Isolating oneself from everyone else.
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secluded (adjective)