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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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"
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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.
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obviate

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

obviate

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

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

vtvermeiden, umgehen; needvorbeugen (+dat)
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obviate

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