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Meaning of OBVIATE

Pronunciation:  'âbvee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
  2. [v]  do away with

OBVIATE is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: avert, avoid, debar, deflect, eliminate, fend off, head off, rid of, stave off, ward off
 Antonyms: ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take
 See Also: close out, forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, preclude, prevent, rule out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ob"vi*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obviated}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Obviating}.] [L. obviare; ob (see {Ob-}) + viare to
go, fr. via way. See {Voyage}.]
1. To meet in the way. [Obs.]

         Not to stir a step to obviate any of a different
         religion.                             --Fuller.

2. To anticipate; to prevent by interception; to remove from
   the way or path; to make unnecessary; as, to obviate the
   necessity of going.

         To lay down everything in its full light, so as to
         obviate all exceptions.               --Woodward.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: anticipate, avert, bar, debar, deflect, deter, discourage, dishearten, estop, exclude, fend, fend off, forbid, foreclose, forestall, help, interfere, interpose, intervene, keep from, keep off, preclude, prevent, prohibit, repel, rule out, save, stave off, turn aside, ward, ward off