- to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary: to obviate the risk of serious injury.
Origin of obviate
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Examples from the Web for obviate
But that does not obviate the U.S. from its statutory obligation to cancel its $1.3 billion aid to the Egyptian military.Egypt: That Was A Coup
July 3, 2013
Mofaz in the government doesn't obviate the enormous technical obstacles to an Israeli strike.October Surprise?
May 8, 2012
This is most obvious when expensive forms of trash are forced to backflip until they obviate their standard uses.A Pictorial Ode to Michelle
December 4, 2009
We have, perhaps, incurred the very hazard we hoped to obviate.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Will you allow me to arrange your shirt so as to obviate it?The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
She then, to obviate that objection, lent me a black domino.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
But shall we, to obviate these evils, completely transpose their conditions?The Young Maiden
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
I fear that result, and hope that you will try to obviate it.The Peace Negotiations
J. D. Kestell
- (tr) to avoid or prevent (a need or difficulty)
Word Origin and History for obviate
1590s, "to meet and do away with," from Late Latin obviatus, past participle of obviare "act contrary to, go against," from Latin obvius "that is in the way, that moves against" (see obvious). Related: Obviated; obviating.