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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To prevent or avoid a problem or the need to do something. To anticipate and take care of ahead of time.

Usage examples (36)
  • As it rained, we all held large paper bags over our heads to obviate the need to return to the hairdresser.
  • Edit: In a (rare) moment of self-doubt I looked up 'obviate' wondering if it's one of those words I've either misheard or used incorrectly.
  • D. Cockey, to obviate confounding him with some other T.
  • Some contractors advocate tamping the mortar coat to obviate this danger. for more
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