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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.]
(tr) to avoid or prevent (a need or difficulty)
[C16: from Late Latin obviātus prevented, past participle of obviāre; see obvious]
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
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]
Past participle: obviated
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|Verb||1.||obviate - do away with|
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 of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"|