• WordNet 3.6
    • n avoidance deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush
    • Avoidance A dismissing or a quitting; removal; withdrawal.
    • Avoidance The act of annulling; annulment.
    • Avoidance The act of avoiding or shunning; keeping clear of. "The avoidance of pain."
    • Avoidance The act of becoming vacant, or the state of being vacant; -- specifically used for the state of a benefice becoming void by the death, deprivation, or resignation of the incumbent. "Wolsey, . . . on every avoidance of St. Peter's chair, was sitting down therein, when suddenly some one or other clapped in before him."
    • Avoidance The courts by which anything is carried off. "Avoidances and drainings of water."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Americans spent over $360 million in 1982 to avoid having bad breath.
    • n avoidance The act of annulling or making void; annulment.
    • n avoidance The act of becoming, or the state of being, vacant; especially, the state of a benefice when it becomes void by death, deprivation, resignation, or preferment of the incumbent; vacancy.
    • n avoidance The act of avoiding or shunning anything disagreeable or unwelcome.
    • n avoidance A retiring from or leaving a place.
    • n avoidance An emptying out; that by which a fluid is carried off; an outlet.
    • n avoidance The custom which forbids one member of a family to meet or address another member. This custom is found among many primitive tribes, and relates most frequently to a man and his mother-in-law.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dave Matthews relocated to the United States to avoid service in the South African Military.
    • n Avoidance the act of avoiding or shunning: act of annulling
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “'Tis a rule of manners to avoid exaggeration.”
  • E. L. Doctorow
    E. L. Doctorow
    “I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.”
  • Steven Weinberg
    Steven Weinberg
    “An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.”
  • Roberto Goizueta
    Roberto Goizueta
    “The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivation, you're down the path of inactivity. You stumble only if you're moving.”
  • Fred A. Allen
    “A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.”
  • Jeremy P. Johnson
    Jeremy P. Johnson
    “If we catch a glimpse of freedom, we wish to possess it; if we catch a glimpse of death, we want nothing to do with it. One we cannot have, the other we cannot avoid.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. a- = Fr. es = L. ex, out, and Void.


In literature:

We kept our fires blazing through the night, and thus avoided any attacks from lions or panthers, or any other wild beasts.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
A true lady will avoid familiarity in her deportment towards gentlemen.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Then add the perfumes and sift again, so as to avoid any lumps.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
Long walks, shopping, dancing, riding, hard work whether for pleasure or profit, should be avoided to the utmost.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Avoid it, ye John Bulls, and eke ye Paddies!
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
Avoid discourtesy, but avoid still more a hollow, insincere, merely outward, gracefulness.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
If there was, or had been, our present troubles would have been avoided.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The French naval officer avoided battle on principle, and when he could not avoid it he accepted the defensive.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
By way of avoiding Lord Fleckwood he might have started Mrs. Seaton on teetotalism.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Do not invite him to tell a lie in order to avoid a scolding.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
In terror of having to spend money, he avoided all human intercourse.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I am told that Americans avoid serious topics in Society.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The guard will shift around their charge to avoid these attacks, and the Panjandrum himself may evade them by moving around his guard.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Avoid seeing curves in relief as you have avoided curves of outline.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
He avoided her; yesterday evening she had plainly seen it.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Avoid stacking if possible, for they are always wasted rapidly by moving.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
The upper part of the voice was conserved with infinite care to avoid early breakdowns.
"Great Singers on the Art of Singing" by James Francis Cooke
All of these types of poisoning may be avoided by using care in the handling of the fresh foods.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
Pain is that which has to be avoided.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Most men of the preceding generation avoided matrimony as they would have avoided ridicule.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell

In poetry:

Like Daniel, whilst thou yet art young,
Avoid all liquors that are strong:
To dainty food be not inclin'd,
But fix on God alone thy mind.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
Bolders sneak'd off, t' avoid a fray;
The place was much too hot to stay.
Then to decamp he did not fail,
And leave me to record the tale.
"John Bolders" by William Hutton
'The hand of fate is ever over us;
No destined ill can mortal shun;
None call avoid the wrath of heaven
So why complain? God's will be done!
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
For heaven's sake, avoid excess,
And the vile sin of drunkenness,
Which to a fiend does man transmute,
Or worse, much worse, than any brute.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
O Lord, at Joseph's humble bench
Thy hands did handle saw and plane;
Thy hammer nails did drive and clench,
Avoiding knot and humouring grain.
"The Carpenter" by George MacDonald
The giddy tribe he much avoided,
But fix'd his heart as prudence guided:
Nay, in his choice, we freely own,
His judgment most conspicuous shone.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton

In news:

A Gifted Teacher Has to Jump Through Bureaucratic Hoops to Avoid Firing.
City settles Burge torture case, avoids Daley deposition.
Burrowing owl s need short vegetation to avoid predators and see their prey in order to survive.
Burrowing owls need short vegetation to avoid predators and see their prey in order to survive.
TRAP' An unfinished bus lane has caused drivers to change lanes to avoid it, only to be pulled over by the police for having changed lanes over a double solid line.
Compromise Crucial To Avoid Fiscal Cliff.
If you are unfamiliar with any of the exercises that have been listed, I encourage you to view tutorial videos online to ensure proper form and technique are executed to avoid any possible injuries.
For the first time in a half-century, Cubans will be allowed to buy and sell real estate openly, bequeath property to relatives without restriction and avoid forfeiting their homes if they abandon the country.
Always purchase produce when it's in season, like grapefruits and kiwis in the winter and berries in the spring and summer, to avoid overspending.
SLOW PROGRESS Mine authorities are digging slowly to try and avoid sparking another explosion as they try to rescue 13 miners trapped about 80m below ground.
The studio mogul (Spencer Garrett) and the director go head-to-head over the issue of whether the "truth" should be pursued in earnest or studiously avoided for the sake of comforting audiences during an economic downturn.
Oregon must keep track of Cal's leading scorer if it wants to avoid another three-fest by the sophomore.
Virginia Republican doesn't say how Congress and president will avoid the cuts.
Here are three broad categories of dangerous charisma , and how to avoid them in your personal leadership.
What causes a charley horse and how can I avoid it.

In science:

These data set a stringent limit on the rate of cosmological evolution for IR galaxies above z ∼ 1, which needs to level off to avoid exceeding the observed d(z ) on the high-z tail.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
A direct prediction of our scheme above is that most of the metals produced during the starburst phase have to be removed by the galaxies to avoid largely exceeding the locally observed metals in galaxies.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The change of units can of course be avoided by presenting the NCOS theory directly in the new units: this would entail keeping ls and the transverse metric parameter h fixed, while scaling the parallel components of the metric according to gab = ǫ−1ηab .
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
In Section 3.2 we will see o = 1/N , α′ with parameters G2 that the boost can also be avoided, by working in the gauge where it is B and not E that becomes critical.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
Recently, Propp and Wilson have shown how to avoid these problems using techniques such as coupling from the past (CFTP) .
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
In order to avoid periodicity of the random walk, we work with the continuous time random walk.
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster
We will present a somewhat modified version of this growth model, which avoids the limiting procedure in .
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
The strongest candidates in each DM trial were recorded if they had a signal-to-noise ratio greater than 7 and appeared in at least 6 of the DM trials (in order to avoid an excess of spurious candidates).
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
Enumeration formulas become more complicated and, for the introductory purpose of this paper, we avoid these walks.
Enumeration of simple random walks and tridiagonal matrices
However, very few AGN are known behind nearby galaxies as surveys for these objects avoided the crowded fields.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
It seems to be more instructive to rely on this purely geometrical caracterization of B and to avoid a formal formal definition.
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
This method also has a merit in avoiding to calculate a complicated integral in the original definition of C1 .
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
The calculation of Moore–Penrose inverses arising from short gradings of classical simple Lie algebras is quite straight-forward, so we shall give here only the summary of these calculations and avoid proofs.
Moore-Penrose inverse, parabolic subgroups, and Jordan pairs
Some of these difficulties can be avoided by trying to reproduce higher-order supergravity interactions from interactions of more than two ob jects in matrix theory, the sub ject to which we turn in the next subsection.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Of the FRIIs, we selected the narrow-line radio galaxies only, to avoid any effects due to orientation.
Radio Galaxy Spectra