Definitions for obviateˈɒb viˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•vi•ateˈɒb viˌeɪt(v.t.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. 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


Princeton's WordNet

  1. obviate, rid of, eliminate(verb)

    do away with

  2. 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"


  1. obviate(Verb)

    To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary.

  2. Origin: From obviare

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obviate(verb)

    to meet in the way

  2. Obviate(verb)

    to anticipate; to prevent by interception; to remove from the way or path; to make unnecessary; as, to obviate the necessity of going


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