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ob·vi·ate

 (ŏb′vē-āt′)
tr.v. ob·vi·at·ed, ob·vi·at·ing, ob·vi·ates
To keep from happening or render unnecessary. See Synonyms at prevent.

[Latin obviāre, obviāt-, to hinder, from obvius, in the way; see obvious.]

ob′vi·a′tion n.
ob′vi·a′tor n.

obviate

(ˈɒbvɪˌeɪt)
vb
(tr) to avoid or prevent (a need or difficulty)
[C16: from Late Latin obviātus prevented, past participle of obviāre; see obvious]
ˌobviˈation n
Usage: Only things that have not yet occurred can be obviated. For example, one can obviate a possible future difficulty, but not one that already exists

ob•vi•ate

(ˈɒb viˌeɪt)

v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
to anticipate and prevent or render unnecessary by effective measures.
[1590–1600; < Latin obviātus, past participle of obviāre to act contrary to, derivative of obvius; see obvious, -ate1]
ob′vi•a•ble, adj.
ob`vi•a′tion, n.
ob′vi•a`tor, n.

obviate


Past participle: obviated
Gerund: obviating

Imperative
obviate
obviate
Present
I obviate
you obviate
he/she/it obviates
we obviate
you obviate
they obviate
Preterite
I obviated
you obviated
he/she/it obviated
we obviated
you obviated
they obviated
Present Continuous
I am obviating
you are obviating
he/she/it is obviating
we are obviating
you are obviating
they are obviating
Present Perfect
I have obviated
you have obviated
he/she/it has obviated
we have obviated
you have obviated
they have obviated
Past Continuous
I was obviating
you were obviating
he/she/it was obviating
we were obviating
you were obviating
they were obviating
Past Perfect
I had obviated
you had obviated
he/she/it had obviated
we had obviated
you had obviated
they had obviated
Future
I will obviate
you will obviate
he/she/it will obviate
we will obviate
you will obviate
they will obviate
Future Perfect
I will have obviated
you will have obviated
he/she/it will have obviated
we will have obviated
you will have obviated
they will have obviated
Future Continuous
I will be obviating
you will be obviating
he/she/it will be obviating
we will be obviating
you will be obviating
they will be obviating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been obviating
you have been obviating
he/she/it has been obviating
we have been obviating
you have been obviating
they have been obviating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been obviating
you will have been obviating
he/she/it will have been obviating
we will have been obviating
you will have been obviating
they will have been obviating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been obviating
you had been obviating
he/she/it had been obviating
we had been obviating
you had been obviating
they had been obviating
Conditional
I would obviate
you would obviate
he/she/it would obviate
we would obviate
you would obviate
they would obviate
Past Conditional
I would have obviated
you would have obviated
he/she/it would have obviated
we would have obviated
you would have obviated
they would have obviated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.obviate - do away with
close out, rule out, preclude - make impossible, especially beforehand
necessitate, need, require, call for, demand, postulate, involve, ask, take - require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
2.obviate - prevent the occurrence ofobviate - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

obviate

verb (Formal) avert, avoid, remove, prevent, counter, do away with, preclude, counteract, ward off, stave off, forestall, render unnecessary This would obviate the need for a surgical operation.

obviate

verb
To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action:
Translations

obviate

[ˈɒbvɪeɪt] VTobviar, evitar
to obviate the need for sthevitar or ahorrar la necesidad de algo

obviate

[ˈɒbvieɪt] vt [+ problem, need] → parer à, obvier à

obviate

vtvermeiden, umgehen; needvorbeugen (+dat)

obviate

[ˈɒbvɪˌeɪt] (frm) vt (danger, objection) → evitare; (necessity) → ovviare a
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