avoidance

noun avoid·ance \ ə-ˈvȯi-dᵊn(t)s \
Updated on: 26 May 2018

Definition of avoidance

1 obsolete
a : an action of emptying, vacating, or clearing away
b : outlet
2 : annulment 1
3 : an act or practice of avoiding or withdrawing from something

Examples of avoidance in a Sentence

  1. a writer known for avoidance of sentimentality

  2. a complete avoidance of sentimentality

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First Known Use of avoidance

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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AVOIDANCE Defined for English Language Learners

avoidance

Definition of avoidance for English Language Learners

  • : the act of avoiding something


AVOIDANCE Defined for Kids

avoidance

noun avoid·ance \ ə-ˈvȯi-dᵊns \

Definition of avoidance for Students

: the act of avoiding something
  • avoidance of trouble

Medical Dictionary

avoidance

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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