obviate

[ob-vee-eyt] /ˈɒb viˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), obviated, obviating.
1.
to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary:
"to obviate the risk of serious injury."
Origin
1590–1600; < Latin obviātus, past participle of obviāre to act contrary to, derivative of obvius; see obvious, -ate1
Related forms
obviable
[ob-vee-uh-buh l] /ˈɒb vi ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
obviation, noun
obviator, noun
preobviate, verb (used with object), preobviated, preobviating.
unobviable, adjective
unobviated, adjective
Can be confused
ameliorate, obviate, vitiate.
Synonyms
preclude, avert, anticipate.
British Dictionary definitions for obviation
obviate (ˈɒbvɪˌeɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to avoid or prevent (a need or difficulty)
 
[C16: from Late Latin obviātus prevented, past participle of obviāre; see obvious]
 
usage  Only things that have not yet occurred can be obviated. For example, one can obviate a possible future difficulty, but not one that already exists
 
obvi'ation
 
n

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Word Origin and History for obviation
obviate
1598, "to meet and do away with," from L.L. obviatus, pp. of obviare "act contrary to, go against," from L. obvius "that is in the way, that moves against" (see obvious).
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