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[uh-void-ns] /əˈvɔɪd ns/
the act of avoiding or keeping away from:
the avoidance of scandal; the avoidance of one's neighbors.
Law. a making void; annulment.
Origin of avoidance
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see avoid, -ance
Related forms
nonavoidance, noun Unabridged
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  • And to the class of opposites belong assent and dissent, desire and avoidance.

    The Republic Plato
  • Pleasure is an object of desire, pain of avoidance; and the absence of pain is to be preferred to pain, but not to pleasure.

    Laws Plato
  • There was a pause, and whilst his eyes were upon hers, hers were upon the ground in avoidance of his glance.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Mackenzie determined there was not going to be any avoidance on his part.

  • For the purpose of all their delays had been compromise, and their hope was the avoidance of bloodshed.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for avoidance


the act of keeping away from or preventing from happening
  1. the act of annulling or making void
  2. the countering of an opponent's plea with fresh evidence
(ecclesiastical law) the state of a benefice having no incumbent
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Word Origin and History for avoidance

late 14c., "action of emptying," from avoid + -ance. Sense of "action of dodging or shunning" is recorded from early 15c.; it also meant "action of making legally invalid," 1620s; "becoming vacant" (of an office, etc.), mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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