obviate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin obviāre (to block, to hinder).

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Verb[edit]

obviate (third-person singular simple present obviates, present participle obviating, simple past and past participle obviated)

  1. (transitive) To make unnecessary, such as by bypassing a requirement.
    VoIP obviated traditional expensive long-distance telephone service.
  2. (transitive) To avoid a future problem or difficult situation.
    • 1826, Richard Reece, A Practical Dissertation on the Means of Obviating & Treating the Varieties of Costiveness, page 181:
      A mild dose of a warm active aperient to obviate costiveness, or to produce two motions daily, is generally very beneficial.
    • 2004, David J. Anderson, Agile Management for Software Engineering, page 180:
      Some change requests, rather than extend the scope, obviate some of the existing scope of a project.
    • 2008, William S. Kroger, Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis: In Medicine, Dentistry, and Psychology, page 163:
      Thus, to obviate resistance, the discussion should be relevant to the patient′s problems.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

obviāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of obviō