Etymology
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avoidance (n.)

late 14c., "action of emptying," from avoid + -ance. Sense of "action of dodging or shunning" is recorded from early 15c.; it also meant "action of making legally invalid," 1620s; "becoming vacant" (of an office, etc.), mid-15c.

updated on June 05, 2012

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Definitions of avoidance from WordNet

avoidance (n.)
deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening;
Synonyms: turning away / shunning / dodging
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