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

ob′vi•a`tor(n.)

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"

Wiktionary

  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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