avoidance

noun
avoid·​ance | \ ə-ˈvȯi-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce avoidance (audio) \

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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Besides bolstering her credentials as an antagonist of Wall Street, Warren’s new proposal also gives her the chance to tout her avoidance of high-dollar fundraisers and reliance on small donors to power her campaign. Washington Post, "Elizabeth Warren pitches new constraints on private equity," 18 July 2019 Besides bolstering her credentials as an antagonist of Wall Street, Warren’s new proposal also gives her the chance to tout her avoidance of high-dollar fundraisers and reliance on small donors to power her campaign. Elana Schor, chicagotribune.com, "Sen. Elizabeth Warren targets private equity ‘looting’ of troubled companies," 18 July 2019 How the sharks' avoidance of orcas might likewise be affecting marine ecosystems remains a mystery. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Orcas May Turn Great White Sharks into Scaredy Cats," 8 July 2019 Related Articles Known as the quiet Stone, for his taciturn ways and avoidance of at least some of the excesses of the rock star life, Wyman more than lives up to the title of the film. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "Ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman opens up his archive — but not much else — in this ho-hum documentary," 4 July 2019 Another legal historian sees the same deft avoidance of confronting prejudice while listening to the oral arguments in the census case. John Blake, CNN, "In the census-citizenship case, the Supreme Court may once again affirm 'white rule'," 23 June 2019 Days after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook, the senator wrote an op-ed called for congressional action, denouncing politician’s avoidance of common sense gun laws. Teen Vogue, "Why Kristen Gillibrand Changed Her Position on Guns," 21 May 2019 But local officials are concerned about congestion along the Causeway due to local toll avoidance. al.com, "Mobile mayor confident ALDOT will ‘reduce tolls’," 4 July 2019 Over time, increases in economic growth and decreases in tax avoidance can offset some of the revenue losses. Karl W. Smith, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Not all budget deficits are created equal," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of avoidance

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

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avoidance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of avoidance

: the act of avoiding something

avoidance

noun
avoid·​ance | \ ə-ˈvȯi-dᵊns How to pronounce avoidance (audio) \

Kids Definition of avoidance

: the act of avoiding something avoidance of trouble

avoidance

noun, often attributive
avoid·​ance | \ ə-ˈvȯid-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce avoidance (audio) \

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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