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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Our surrogate mothers monitor and score their behavior to indicate when the orangutans have a clear grasp of climbing, foraging, nest building, predator avoidance, and healthy socialization. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "School for Orphaned Baby Orangutans Helps the Young Primates Grow Up and Graduate to the Wild," 1 Aug. 2019 Some options are: escape, avoidance, and confrontation. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Woman fears running into her hometown abuser," 29 July 2019 Some options are: escape, avoidance, and confrontation. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Woman fears running into her hometown abuser," 29 July 2019 Some options are: escape, avoidance, and confrontation. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Website unearths half-sibling, a secret their parents took to the grave," 29 July 2019 Some options are: escape, avoidance, and confrontation. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: Should I reveal the secret my parents took to their graves?," 29 July 2019 Some options are: escape, avoidance, and confrontation. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Woman fears running into her hometown abuser," 29 July 2019 European authorities have been the world’s most aggressive regulators of the tech industry — and a persistent source of friction with Washington — penalizing American companies for anticompetitive behavior, tax avoidance and privacy lapses. New York Times, "U.S. Announces Inquiry of French Digital Tax That May End in Tariffs," 10 July 2019 There are three primary issues to consider: valuation, avoidance and economic impact. The Economist, "Rich people’s problems," 4 July 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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