the act of avoiding or keeping away from: the avoidance of scandal; the avoidance of one's neighbors.
Law. a making void; annulment.

Nearby words

  1. avogadro's law,
  2. avogadro's number,
  3. avoid,
  4. avoid like the plague,
  5. avoidable,
  6. avoidance play,
  7. avoidant,
  8. avoidant personality,
  9. avoir.,
  10. avoirdupois

Origin of avoidance

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see avoid, -ance

Related formsnon·a·void·ance, noun

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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.

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