Definition of circumvent
circumventionplay \-ˈven(t)-shən\ noun
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Examples of circumvent in a Sentence
Los Angeles was the beachhead for the sushi invasion, attracting many Japanese chefs eager to make their fortunes and to circumvent the grueling 10-year apprenticeship required in their homeland. —Jay McInerney, New York Times Book Review, 10 June 2007
… Rondon and Lyra paddled to the right side, where they found a channel that circumvented the worst part of the rapids. —Candice Millard, The River of Doubt, 2005
His appreciation of this finer side of life is circumvented by a cynicism that he tells me is common to Eastern Europeans. —Lynne Tillman, Motion Sickness, 1991
The thirty-six-hour workweek established by the garment-industry code was circumvented by having the workers punch out at five P.M., leave by the back door (their usual entrance), then return by the front door and work until eleven P.M. without punching the clock. —Melissa Hield, Speaking For Ourselves, (1977) 1984
We circumvented the problem by using a different program.
He found a way to circumvent the law.
Recent Examples of circumvent from the Web
This allows state law enforcement to explicitly circumvent state forfeiture restrictions and profit while doing so.
WhatsApp users in China reported Tuesday on other social media platforms that the app was partly inaccessible unless virtual private network software was used to circumvent China's censorship apparatus, known colloquially as The Great Firewall.
Members of Trump’s legal team have since reportedly complained about Kushner discussing the investigation with his father-in-law, circumventing the president’s lawyers, and want to build a firewall between the two.
Dixon pleaded guilty earlier this year in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to charges of conspiracy to circumvent U.S. immigration laws and false swearing in an immigration matter.
The firm thereby abetted in genocide and circumvented American sanctions on Sudan.
If ransomware can readily get a trusted application to do its dirty work for it, the protection will likely be circumvented sooner rather than later.
Such situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis so long as travelers have the proper documentation and U.S. entities are not inviting them over merely to circumvent the ban, the AP reports.
Cynics are likely to say this is just another questionable way in which the Hawks are going to circumvent the cap.
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The Circular History of circumvent
If you’ve ever felt as if someone were circling around the rules, you have an idea of the origins of "circumvent" - it derives from the Latin circum, meaning "circle," and "ventus," the past participle of the Latin verb venire, meaning "to come." The earliest uses of "circumvent" referred to a tactic of hunting or warfare in which the quarry or enemy was encircled and captured. Today, however, "circumvent" more often suggests avoidance than entrapment; it typically means to "get around" someone or something, as in our example sentences.
CIRCUMVENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of circumvent for English Language Learners
: to avoid being stopped by (something, such as a law or rule) : to get around (something) in a clever and sometimes dishonest way
CIRCUMVENT Defined for Kids
Definition of circumvent for Students
: to avoid the force or effect of by cleverness They tried to circumvent the rules.
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