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obviate

[ ob-vee-eyt ]
/ 藞蓲b vi藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ob路vi路at路ed, ob路vi路at路ing.
to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary: to obviate the risk of serious injury.
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Origin of obviate

1590鈥1600; from Latin obvi膩tus, past participle of obvi膩re 鈥渢o act contrary to,鈥 derivative of obvius; see obvious, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for obviate

obviate
/ (藞蓲bv瑟藢e瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to avoid or prevent (a need or difficulty)

Derived forms of obviate

obviation, noun

Word Origin for obviate

C16: from Late Latin obvi膩tus prevented, past participle of obvi膩re; see obvious

usage for obviate

Only things that have not yet occurred can be obviated. For example, one can obviate a possible future difficulty, but not one that already exists
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