• WordNet 3.6
    • n obviation the act of preventing something by anticipating and disposing of it effectively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Obviation The act of obviating, or the state of being obviated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obviation The act of obviating, or the state of being obviated.
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In literature:

Every reasonable precaution will be taken to obviate the necessity for these formations.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
Akephaloi], men with no heads at all: to whom, out of humanity, and to obviate some very natural distresses, he gives eyes in the breast.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
A great dream or ambition in life often obviates personal ailments and nullifies their potency.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
I want to obviate it a bit.
"Quisanté" by Anthony Hope
To obviate this defect more complicated curvometers or kartometers have been devised.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Some eggs, with plenty of hot wine, will obviate ill effects.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
But this could be obviated by merely having the people named to the Prince.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
He succeeded in obviating this difficulty, but deemed it only fair to communicate the new idea to the chief of the stamp office.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
The relief from present difficulties was great, but of course the gift did not obviate the necessity for the girls seeking work and wages.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Sarah Tytler
This might be obviated by burning the sample on a common earthen plate.
"Guano" by Solon Robinson

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.

In science:

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
However, this drawback is obviated as the UA (1) anomaly contribution may be altogether eliminated by judiciously choosing the transformation law for the external field θ(x).
Chiral Effective Lagrangian in the large-Nc limit: the nonet case
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