For the moment, if it ever was a serious possibility, an Israeli strike has been averted.
The hold-your-nose solution may have been ugly, but the Apocalypse was averted.
A conflict with the cops had been averted in full view of television cameras.
c.1400, from Old French avertir (12c.), "turn, direct; avert; make aware," from Vulgar Latin *advertire, from Latin avertere "to turn away, to drive away," from ab- "from, away" (see ab-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Averted; averting.