obviate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v obviate prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening "Let's avoid a confrontation","head off a confrontation","avert a strike"
    • v obviate do away with
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obviate 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."
    • Obviate To meet in the way. "Not to stir a step to obviate any of a different religion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obviate To meet.
    • obviate To meet half-way, as difficulties or objections; hence, to meet and dispose of; clear out of the way; remove.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Obviate ob′vi-āt to meet on the way, hence to remove, as difficulties.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obviare,; ob,see Ob-) + viare, to go, fr. via, way. See Voyage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obviāre, -ātum—ob, in the way of, viāre, viātum, to go—via, a way.

Usage

In literature:

This mutual helpfulness was characteristic of the frontier and obviated the necessity of any enforced labor system.
"The Fair Play Settlers of the West Branch Valley, 1769-1784" by George D. Wolf
Perhaps some of the objections against it may be obviated.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
By enactment of the statute of 1870 all the defects in the methods of registration and deposit of copies were obviated.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Lee descried the movement, and extended his lines that way to obviate it.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Its work was automatic and so fine that it would even obviate errors.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
What can be done to obviate these evils?
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Not only from the standpoint of science, but also because it would obviate all troubles due to misunderstandings.
"The Point of View" by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
I think, however, that I have found a way of obviating this objection.
"Chester Rand" by Horatio Alger, Jr
By operating through the vagina the risk can be largely obviated, as the danger of unhealthy inflammation in the wound is greatly lessened.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Sexual storms never improve, whereas love obviates faults by praising the opposite virtues.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
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In poetry:

But 'tis a doctrine of free grants
To sinners, that they may be saints;
A joyful sound of royal gifts,
To obviate unbelieving shifts:
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Energy independence will obviate US presence.
It seems that's the legacy of PACER 's old way of doing things, even though the internet long obviated the system's original need for a proprietary and expensive telephone dial-up hosts.
Connecticut's contribution to calumny has all but obviated the need for Karl Rove to go negative on Dean.
With clever thought about your specific needs, you can obviate the need for a dresser and make the room more attractive.
Privatization doesn't obviate the need for government competence and honesty, and checks and balances that encourage these traits.
As of 1 January, the extended transition period for moving from EN 954-1 to EN ISO 13848-1 expired, with EN ISO 13849-1 obviating EN 954-1.
The pyramid 's steel-truss frame, 50-foot loft and hundreds of sound and lighting conduits should obviate that.
But streetcars could make a comeback, thanks to fuel cells that power each train independently, obviating the need for unsightly power lines.
This type of apprentice training doesn't obviate staff- training week, but imagine the level to which you can take this exercise when first-year staffers already have 15 weeks of on-the-job training under their belts.
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In science:

Essentially the entangled coherent state representation captures, in a mathematically simple and conceptually appealing way, how superselection can be obviated by adding an extra degree of freedom and splitting the state to provide a reference frame.
Review of Entangled Coherent States
Inclusion of realistic stellar feedback may obviate the need for artificial constraints on efficiency (e.g., Hopkins et al. 2011).
Star Formation in the Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies
The need for simulation or bootstrap to obtain test critical values is thereby obviated. A simple procedure is enabled using fixed critical values.
Testing Multiple Inequality Hypotheses : A Smoothed Indicator Approach
A participant asked me if this meant that theory obviated experiment.
Summary talk: Gauge Boson Self Interactions
In response, Udalski (1999) bypasses the complicated dust corrections favored by Zaritsky and Romaniello et al., by simply restricting the analysis to regions of low extinction, thereby obviating any complicated dust corrections.
The Distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud
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