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preclude

verb [T] uk   /prɪˈkluːd/ us    /prə-/ formal
to prevent something or make it impossible, or prevent someone from doing something: His contract precludes him from discussing his work with anyone outside the company. The fact that your application was not successful this time does not preclude the possibility of you applying again next time.
preclusion
noun [U] uk   /-ˈkluː.ʒən/ us  
Your age should not act as a preclusion to you being accepted on the course.
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