avoidable


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms.
Related to avoidable: in favor of, Avoidable Cost

a·void

 (ə-void′)
tr.v. a·void·ed, a·void·ing, a·voids
1.
a. To stay clear of; go around or away from: swerve to avoid a pothole.
b. To take measures so as not to meet or see (someone): "He never let go of the idea that she lived out there in order to avoid him" (Elizabeth Benedict).
2. To prevent from happening: You can avoid illness with exercise and a balanced diet.
3.
a. To refrain from using, engaging in, or partaking of: avoid red meat; avoid risky behavior.
b. To refrain from (doing something): It was all we could do to avoid laughing at the remark.
4. Law To annul or make void; invalidate.
5. Obsolete To void or expel.

[Middle English avoiden, from Anglo-Norman avoider, to empty out, variant of Old French esvuidier : es-, out (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + vuidier, to empty (from voide, empty; see void).]

a·void′a·ble adj.
a·void′a·bly adv.
a·void′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.avoidable - capable of being avoided or warded offavoidable - capable of being avoided or warded off

avoidable

adjective
1. preventable, stoppable, avertible or avertable The tragedy was entirely avoidable.
preventable unstoppable, unpreventable
2. escapable, evadable Smoking is an avoidable cause of disease and death.
escapable necessary, inevitable, unavoidable, inescapable
Translations

avoidable

[əˈvɔɪdəbl] ADJevitable

avoidable

[əˈvɔɪdəbəl] adj [accident] → évitable

avoidable

adjvermeidbar; if it’s (at all) avoidablewenn es sich (irgend) vermeiden lässt

avoidable

[əˈvɔɪdəbl] adjevitabile
References in classic literature ?
It seems to be a construction scarcely avoidable, however, that those who come under the denomination of FREE INHABITANTS of a State, although not citizens of such State, are entitled, in every other State, to all the privileges of FREE CITIZENS of the latter; that is, to greater privileges than they may be entitled to in their own State: so that it may be in the power of a particular State, or rather every State is laid under a necessity, not only to confer the rights of citizenship in other States upon any whom it may admit to such rights within itself, but upon any whom it may allow to become inhabitants within its jurisdiction.
Caddy was quite transported by this reply of mine, being, I believe, as susceptible to the least kindness or encouragement as any tender heart that ever beat in this world; and after another turn or two round the garden, during which she put on an entirely new pair of gloves and made herself as resplendent as possible that she might do no avoidable discredit to the Master of Deportment, we went to Newman Street direct.
They aid our dealing and conversation as a railway aids travelling, by getting rid of all avoidable obstructions of the road and leaving nothing to be conquered but pure space.
These effects are largely unintended, completely avoidable, and not central to the goals of Welfare reform," said Kristin Morse, director of Policy Research for Citizens Housing and Planning Council.
com/research/t9rwqs/reducing_avoidable) has announced the addition of the "Reducing Avoidable Medicaid ER Visits With a Community Partnership Approach - 45 Minute Webinar" audio conference to their offering.
Harkness Eye Institute joined together to hold the very first World Sight Day-themed Grand Rounds in recognition of this annual, public health awareness event to address avoidable blindness.
Seeing is Believing is Standard Chartered's global charitable program to deal with avoidable blindness run in cooperation with the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: "The National Stillbirth Working Group is addressing these issues with terms of reference around increasing clinician skills and around asking for parental consent for autopsy, as well as addressing avoidable factors in both lifestyle and management of pregnancy, monitoring of foetal growth and movements, and management of delivery.
It found that avoidable complications such as deep vein thrombosis, urinary tract infections and pressure ulcers are only avoidable if nursing care is delivered effectively.
Michael O'Shea, IHF chief executive, said the huge scale of avoidable death and institutionalisation is caused by the inadequacies in acute, rehabilitation and support services for patients.
Medical staff from Alder Hey children's hospital said the huge growth in the number of avoidable health complaints could lead to a generation dying before their parents.
The review will identify avoidable factors and contributors to child deaths.