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ˈɒb viˌeɪtob·vi·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obviate, rid of, eliminateverb

    do away with

  2. debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward offverb

    prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

    "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"


  1. obviateverb

    To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary.

  2. Etymology: From obviare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Obviateverb

    To meet in the way; to prevent.

    Etymology: from obvius, Lat. obvier, Fr.

    To lay down every thing in its full light, so as to obviate all exceptions, and remove every difficulty, would carry me out too far. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.


  1. obviate

    Obviate refers to the action of removing, avoiding, or preventing something, typically referring to a need, difficulty, or problem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obviateverb

    to meet in the way

  2. Obviateverb

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

  3. Etymology: [L. obviare; ob (see Ob-) + viare to go, fr. via way. See Voyage.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obviate

    ob′vi-āt, v.t. to meet on the way, hence to remove, as difficulties. [L. obviāre, -ātumob, in the way of, viāre, viātum, to go—via, a way.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obviate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obviate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of obviate in a Sentence

  1. Ruth Friedman:

    If they really wanted to explore and give oversight, and throw some sunshine on this process, they would have done what the court expected them to do, instead, they are hoping to obviate that litigation.

  2. Scott Gottlieb:

    The South Africa variant is very concerning right now because it does appear that may it obviate some of our medical countermeasures, particularly the antibody drugs.

  3. Daniel Swain:

    This is really going to help a lot with the short-term drought in Northern California, perhaps even erase short-term drought conditions, but it’s going to take a lot more to completely obviate the longer term, multi-year drought impacts.

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