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obviate (v.)

1590s, "to meet and dispose of, clear (something) out of the way," from Late Latin obviatus, past participle of obviare "act contrary to, go against," from Latin obvius "that is in the way, that moves against," from obviam (adv.) "in the way," from ob "in front of, against" (see ob-) + viam, accusative of via "way" (see via). Related: Obviated; obviating.

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Definitions of obviate

obviate (v.)
do away with;
Synonyms: rid of / eliminate
obviate (v.)
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening;
Synonyms: debar / forefend / forfend / deflect / avert / head off / stave off / fend off / avoid / ward off
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