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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒbviˌeɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɑbviˌeɪt/
- Hyphenation: ob‧vi‧ate
- (transitive) To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary; to avoid a future problem or difficult situation.
- They saved enough money for their purchase and obviated the need to borrow.
- The Internet has largely obviated printed phone books.
- 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.
to bypass a requirement
- second-person plural present active imperative of obviō