Definitions for obviateˈɒb viˌeɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ob•vi•ateˈɒb viˌeɪt(v.t.)-at•ed, -at•ing.
to anticipate and prevent or render unnecessary by effective measures.
Origin of obviate:
1590–1600; < L obviātus, ptp. of obviāre to act contrary to, der. of obvius; see obvious , -ate1
obviate, rid of, eliminate(verb)
do away with
debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off(verb)
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
"Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary.
Origin: From obviare
to meet in the way
to anticipate; to prevent by interception; to remove from the way or path; to make unnecessary; as, to obviate the necessity of going