verb (used with object), obviated, obviating.
to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary: to obviate the risk of serious injury.

1590–1600; < Latin obviātus, past participle of obviāre to act contrary to, derivative of obvius; see obvious, -ate1

obviable [ob-vee-uh-buhl] , adjective
obviation, noun
obviator, noun
preobviate, verb (used with object), preobviated, preobviating.
unobviable, adjective
unobviated, adjective

ameliorate, obviate, vitiate.

preclude, avert, anticipate.
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obviate (ˈɒbvɪˌeɪt)
(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

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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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