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.
- cir·cum·vent·er, cir·cum·ven·tor, noun
- cir·cum·ven·tion, noun
- cir·cum·ven·tive, adjective
- un·cir·cum·vent·ed, adjective
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How to use circumvent in a sentence
The Hanzawa case illustrates how some owners are able to circumvent coastal protections at the county level.Officials Let Hawaii’s Waterfront Homeowners Damage Public Beaches Again and Again | by Sophie Cocke, Honolulu Star-Advertiser | December 31, 2020 | ProPublica
Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear described the amendment as a practical revision, not an attempt to circumvent the construction of more affordable homes.
Ballot initiatives, which are allowed in about half of the states, enable individuals and groups to circumvent legislatures and ask voters to decide on a law.This health care magnate wants to fix democracy, starting in Colorado | lbelanger225 | December 13, 2020 | Fortune
Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, who also serves on the City Council, said changing the density calculation from gross to net acreage is a practical revision, not a way to circumvent the construction of more affordable homes.Encinitas Wants to Exempt Itself From New State Density Law | Kara Grant | December 11, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Selfish individuals began faking their dogs were service dogs on flights to circumvent pet fees and avoid checking larger pets as cargo.Why the Emotional Support Dog Ban Is Good for Everyone | Wes Siler | December 9, 2020 | Outside Online
These same companies have also been adept at circumventing user privacy and avoiding their tax obligations.Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes | Joel Kotkin | April 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The salary cap circumventing story came after DeBartolo was out of the league.Will a Criminal Enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame? | Evan Weiner | February 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He describes youthful aides calling top generals directly, thereby circumventing the chain of command.
And we're clever, which means we're good at circumventing rules, especially if the rules are easy to circumvent in the fist place.
There are simply too many unanswered questions to even suggest circumventing the jury process by dropping the charges.Alan Dershowitz Is Wrong: Trayvon Martin’s Alleged Killer Must Be Tried | Mansfield Frazier | May 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
There were ways, however, of evading inexorable law and circumventing base injustice.The Village Watch-Tower | (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Blacks were for circumventing the Ordinances, while the Whites were for carrying them out and extending their principles.Villani's Chronicle | Giovanni Villani
In the colonies men who were bent on circumventing the post office pursued another course.The History of the Post Office in British North America | William Smith
Suddenly the sight of a slat sunbonnet, hanging on a nail beside her, suggested a means of circumventing him.The Biography of a Prairie Girl | Eleanor Gates
We have puzzled over the following and 'give it up:' 'What way of circumventing a man can be so easy and suitable as a period?
British Dictionary definitions for circumvent
to evade or go around
to encircle (an enemy) so as to intercept or capture
- circumventer or circumventor, noun
- circumvention, noun
- circumventive, adjective
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