[ ob-vee-eyt ]
/ ˈɒb viˌeɪt /
verb (used with object), ob·vi·at·ed, ob·vi·at·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
OTHER WORDS FROM obviate
ob·vi·a·ble [ob-vee-uh-buhl], /ˈɒb vi ə bəl/, adjectiveob·vi·a·tion, nounob·vi·a·tor, nounpre·ob·vi·ate, verb (used with object), pre·ob·vi·at·ed, pre·ob·vi·at·ing.
un·ob·vi·a·ble, adjectiveun·ob·vi·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for obviate
/ (ˈɒbvɪˌeɪt) /
(tr) to avoid or prevent (a need or difficulty)
Derived forms of obviateobviation, noun
Word Origin for obviate
C16: from Late Latin obviātus prevented, past participle of obviāre; 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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