obviate

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verb ob·vi·ate \ˈäb-vē-ˌāt\

Definition of obviate

obviated

obviating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to anticipate and prevent (as a situation) or make unnecessary (as an action)

obviation

play \ˌäb-vē-ˈā-shən\ noun

Examples of obviate in a sentence

  1. The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.

  2. The new treatment obviates many of the risks associated with surgery.

Did You Know?

Obviate derives from Late Latin obviare (meaning "to meet or withstand") and Latin obviam, which means "in the way" and is also an ancestor of our adjective "obvious." "Obviate" has a number of synonyms in English, including "prevent," "preclude," and "avert"; all of these words can mean to hinder or stop something. When you prevent or preclude something, you put up an insurmountable obstacle. In addition, "preclude" often implies that a degree of chance was involved in stopping an event. "Obviate" generally suggests the use of intelligence or forethought to ward off trouble. "Avert" always implies that a bad situation has been anticipated and prevented or deflected by the application of immediate and effective means.

Origin and Etymology of obviate

Late Latin obviatus, past participle of obviare to meet, withstand, from Latin obviam


First Known Use: 1598


OBVIATE Defined for English Language Learners

obviate

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verb ob·vi·ate \ˈäb-vē-ˌāt\

Definition of obviate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) no longer necessary : to prevent or avoid (something)



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