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[uh-void-ns] /əˈvɔɪd ns/
the act of avoiding or keeping away from:
the avoidance of scandal; the avoidance of one's neighbors.
Law. a making void; annulment.
Origin of avoidance
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see avoid, -ance
Related forms
nonavoidance, noun Unabridged
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  • On average, he says, there is one collision-avoidance maneuver per week.
  • Examples of excellence for imitation, and of misdoing for avoidance, are given.
  • But this need not be all about caution and avoidance.
  • And the two year reporting was largely invented as an avoidance of the true default rates.
  • It helps greatly in the avoidance of work to be in the company of others who are also waiting for the golden moment.
  • Performance evaluations emphasize a zero-defect mentality, meaning that risk-avoidance trickles down the chain of command.
  • All of these things are true, but they do not add up to tax evasion, or even tax avoidance.
  • Workaholism besides being a avoidance behavior, decreases our productivity.
  • The beach has better food and numerous avenues for predator avoidance for an increasingly smart ape.
  • Unless nerds were better at devising avoidance strategies and therefore had a lower injury and higher survival rate.
British Dictionary definitions for avoidance


the act of keeping away from or preventing from happening
  1. the act of annulling or making void
  2. the countering of an opponent's plea with fresh evidence
(ecclesiastical law) the state of a benefice having no incumbent
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Word Origin and History for avoidance

late 14c., "action of emptying," from avoid + -ance. Sense of "action of dodging or shunning" is recorded from early 15c.; it also meant "action of making legally invalid," 1620s; "becoming vacant" (of an office, etc.), mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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