avoid·ance | \ ə-ˈvȯi-dᵊn(t)s \

Definition of avoidance 

1 obsolete

a : an action of emptying, vacating, or clearing away

b : outlet

3 : an act or practice of avoiding or withdrawing from something

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Examples of avoidance in a Sentence

a writer known for avoidance of sentimentality a complete avoidance of sentimentality

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But some of those crash avoidance features are easier to get on the BMW. Carlos Lago, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Which luxury SUV has the edge?," 13 July 2018 Other more hotly contested hypotheses suppose that stripes may help with predator avoidance or as visual cues for distinguishing zebras from one another, as individuals appear to be uniquely patterned. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?," 10 July 2018 Two of those goals are avoidance of conflicts of interest and preventing teams from circumventing the salary cap. Michael Mccann And Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Can Dan Gilbert Offer His Team to Keep LeBron James?," 8 Mar. 2018 In May, the FBI obtained an arrest warrant for Mims for unlawful avoidance of prosecution. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan murder suspect is on FBI's 10 most wanted list," 27 June 2018 For the avoidance of doubt, these opt-out options are available for all users and are not limited to Californian and Canadian users. Marie Claire, "Privacy Policy," 1 Dec. 2014 For the avoidance of doubt, the terms set out in both our Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy and Cookie Policies shall apply to these Terms of Sale. Newsweek, "Terms of Sale," 5 May 2014 In regards to safety, each model has top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for crash protection and effectiveness of crash avoidance technologies. Carlos Lago, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Which luxury SUV has the edge?," 13 July 2018 Some people try to avoid the thought of their death, but the avoidance only detracts from their quality of life. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "Leaving the ‘stage of life’ to the applause of heaven," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of avoidance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of avoidance

: the act of avoiding something


avoid·ance | \ ə-ˈvȯi-dᵊns \

Kids Definition of avoidance

: the act of avoiding something avoidance of trouble


noun, often attributive
avoid·ance | \ ə-ˈvȯid-ᵊn(t)s \

Medical Definition of avoidance 

: the act or practice of keeping away from or withdrawing from something undesirable reinforced by escape or avoidance of electric shock —E. S. Katkin & E. N. Murray avoidance learning especially : an anticipatory response undertaken to avoid a noxious stimulus conditioned avoidance in mice

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