verb (used with object)
to keep away from; keep clear of; shun: to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger.
to prevent from happening: to avoid falling.
Law. to make void or of no effect; invalidate.
Obsolete. to empty; eject or expel.

1250–30; Middle English avoiden < Anglo-French avoider, equivalent to a- a-4 + voider to void

avoidable, adjective
avoidably, adverb
avoider, noun
nonavoidable, adjective
nonavoidableness, noun
nonavoidably, adverb
unavoiding, adjective

1. avoid, evade ; 2. avoid, ovoid.

1. evade, elude, dodge.

1. confront, face, encounter.

1. Avoid, escape mean to come through a potentially harmful or unpleasant experience, without suffering serious consequences. To avoid is to succeed in keeping away from something dangerous or undesirable: to avoid meeting an enemy. Escape suggests encountering peril but coming through it safely: to escape drowning.
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avoid (əˈvɔɪd)
1.  to keep out of the way of
2.  to refrain from doing
3.  to prevent from happening: to avoid damage to machinery
4.  law to make (a plea, contract, etc) void; invalidate; quash
5.  obsolete to expel
6.  obsolete to depart from
[C14: from Anglo-French avoider, from Old French esvuidier, from vuidier to empty, void]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. avoider "to clear out, withdraw (oneself)," from O.Fr. esvuidier "to empty out," from es- "out" + vuidier "to be empty," from voide "empty, vast, wide, hollow, waste" (see void). Originally a law term; modern sense of "have nothing to do with" also was
in M.E. and corresponds to O.Fr. eviter with which it was perhaps confused. Meaning "escape, evade" first attested 1520s.

1630s, from avoid + -able.
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Example sentences
Although this activity talks about several types of fire, it doesn't mention
  home fires, which are more common but avoidable.
And the large pieces that could do damage are easily visible and avoidable.
Indeed, the pang of an avoidable loss lingers longer than the rush of an
  expected victory.
Deaths from avoidable medical error more than double in past decade,
  investigation shows.
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