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forfend (v.)

also forefend, late 14c., "to protect; to prohibit; to avert, fend off, prevent," a hybrid from for- + fend "to ward off." Archaic, if not obsolete.

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Definitions of forfend from WordNet

forfend (v.)
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening;
Synonyms: debar / forefend / obviate / deflect / avert / head off / stave off / fend off / avoid / ward off
From wordnet.princeton.edu