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Thursday, January 09, 2003

Definitions for obviate

  1. To prevent by interception; to anticipate and dispose of or make unnecessary.

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Citations for obviate
After lunch he packed and stepped into the shower: Ronald Rosenthal spent a good portion of his life in planes and he knew that hot water immediately before and after a flight obviated most of its bad effects. Neil Gordon, The Gun Runner's Daughter
It is reasonable to assume that Martin acquired the most basic skills of the rural gentleman: horse-riding, elementary sword-play and the minor degree of literacy that compulsory attendance at divine service encouraged were all requirements that preceded -- even obviated -- the need for a more formal education. James McDermott, Martin Frobisher: Elizabethan Privateer
Origin of obviate
1590-1600
Obviate derives from Latin obviare, "to meet or encounter," from ob viam, "placed or coming in the way" (ob, "in front of"; via, "way").