the act of avoiding or keeping away from: the avoidance of scandal; the avoidance of one's neighbors.
Law. a making void; annulment.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see avoid, -ance

nonavoidance, noun
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avoidance (əˈvɔɪdəns)
1.  the act of keeping away from or preventing from happening
2.  law
 a.  the act of annulling or making void
 b.  the countering of an opponent's plea with fresh evidence
3.  ecclesiastical law the state of a benefice having no incumbent

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "action of emptying," from avoid (q.v.). Sense of "action of dodging" is recorded from c.1600; it also meant "action of making legally invalid," 1620s; "becoming vacant" (of an office, etc.), mid-15c.
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Example sentences
On average, he says, there is one collision-avoidance maneuver per week.
Performance evaluations emphasize a zero-defect mentality, meaning that risk-avoidance trickles down the chain of command.
Examples of excellence for imitation, and of misdoing for avoidance, are given.
But this need not be all about caution and avoidance.
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