- 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 obviated
Iranian funding for its completion has obviated the need for U.S. support for construction funds.Pakistan’s Crucial Elections: There’s Much at Stake for the U.S.
May 10, 2013
I am glad that the necessity for making an attack upon the camp is obviated.At the Point of the Bayonet
G. A. Henty
This might be obviated by burning the sample on a common earthen plate.Guano
All difficulty about the process of removal might and should be obviated.Deerbrook
If printed cards are used, much of the note-taking is obviated.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management
Ministry of Education
If this objection could not be obviated, it would, I confess, have great weight in my own mind.Popular Education
- (tr) to avoid or prevent (a need or difficulty)
Word Origin and History for obviated
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.