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forestall

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to keep from happening by taking action in advance

  • you can often forestall skidding on the ice simply by driving more slowly
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prevent, anticipate, forestall mean to deal with beforehand. prevent implies taking advance measures against something possible or probable.
    • measures taken to prevent leaks
anticipate may imply merely getting ahead of another by being a precursor or forerunner or it may imply checking another's intention by acting first.
    • anticipated the question by making a statement
forestall implies a getting ahead so as to stop or interrupt something in its course.
    • hoped to forestall the sale


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