- to go around or bypass: to circumvent the lake; to circumvent the real issues.
- to avoid (defeat, failure, unpleasantness, etc.) by artfulness or deception; avoid by anticipating or outwitting: He circumvented capture by anticipating their movements.
- to surround or encompass, as by stratagem; entrap: to circumvent a body of enemy troops.
Origin of circumvent
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Examples from the Web for circumvented
These notaries now advise as to the best way the law may be circumvented.
To be circumvented by cunning must ever be the fate, but never the disgrace, of the artless.'A Description of Millenium Hall
Ben here told me how she circumvented him at the Astor House over in York.Ben's Nugget
Horatio, Jr. Alger
Guards and patrols could be evaded, or circumvented, but the hounds could not.Andersonville, Volume 2
Peter had circumvented him by marrying Lucy; the time had arrived for him to overcome Peter.Barbara Lynn
Emily J. Jenkinson
- to evade or go around
- to outwit
- to encircle (an enemy) so as to intercept or capture
Word Origin and History for circumvented
mid-15c., "to surround by hostile stratagem," from Latin circumventus, past participle of circumvenire "to get around, be around, encircle, surround," in figurative sense "to oppress, assail, cheat," from circum "around" (see circum-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Meaning "to go round" is from 1840. Related: Circumvented; circumventing.