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
Recent Examples on the Web That accord, driven by the U.S., aims to overhaul the way multinationals are taxed, the culmination of a yearslong effort to squeeze tax-avoidance arrangements. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 The revelations have renewed calls to reform international tax laws and abolish popular tax-avoidance tools like trusts and shell corporations. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2021 The ProPublica analysis examined several tax-avoidance strategies — all legal — that the wealthy rely on more than most Americans. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2021 But that rosy scenario has some caveats, like an increase in vaccination rates, an ease of product shortages, and the avoidance of another major and contagious Covid-19 variant. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 That is what actually happened in this case, and despite the Supreme Court’s avoidance of the direct issue, a similar question will come before them eventually. Iain Murray, National Review, 24 Aug. 2021 An unwillingness to acknowledge that many new things are safe for the average vaccinated person is avoidance. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 18 Aug. 2021 Its dictionary definition is: avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Heloise, Arkansas Online, 20 May 2021 Its dictionary definition is: avoidance of the depletion of natural resources to maintain an ecological balance. Washington Post, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of avoidance

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

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11 Oct 2021

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“Avoidance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avoidance. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of avoidance

: the act of avoiding something


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

Kids Definition of avoidance

: the act of avoiding something avoidance of trouble


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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