Definitions for: Obviate


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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