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circumvent (v.)

mid-15c., "to surround by hostile stratagem," from Latin circumventus, past participle of circumvenire "to get around, be around, encircle, surround," in figurative sense "to oppress, assail, cheat," from circum "around" (see circum-) + venire "to come," from a suffixed form of PIE root *gwa- "to go, come." Meaning "to go round" is from 1840. Related: Circumvented; circumventing.

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Definitions of circumvent from WordNet

circumvent (v.)
surround so as to force to give up;
Synonyms: besiege / beleaguer / surround / hem in
circumvent (v.)
beat through cleverness and wit;
Synonyms: outwit / overreach / outsmart / outfox / beat
circumvent (v.)
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues);
Synonyms: hedge / fudge / evade / put off / parry / elude / skirt / dodge / duck / sidestep
From wordnet.princeton.edu