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avoidance

[uh-void-ns] /əˈvɔɪd ns/
noun
1.
the act of avoiding or keeping away from:
the avoidance of scandal; the avoidance of one's neighbors.
2.
Law. a making void; annulment.
Origin of avoidance
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see avoid, -ance
Related forms
nonavoidance, noun
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avoidance

/əˈvɔɪdəns/
noun
1.
the act of keeping away from or preventing from happening
2.
(law)
  1. the act of annulling or making void
  2. 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 and History for avoidance
n.

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.

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