Thursday, January 09, 2003
obviate transitive verb [OB-vee-ayt] To prevent by interception; to anticipate and dispose of or make unnecessary.
Definitions for obviate
- 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.
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.
Origin of obviate
Obviate derives from Latin obviare, "to meet or encounter," from ob viam, "placed or coming in the way" (ob, "in front of"; via, "way").