- To obviate is defined as to make something unnecessary.
An example of to obviate is to eliminate the need for a surgery with a new treatment.
obviate definition by Webster's New World
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- obviation noun
obviate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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transitive verb ob·vi·at·ed, ob·vi·at·ing, ob·vi·ates
To anticipate and dispose of effectively; render unnecessary. See Synonyms at prevent.
Origin: Latin obviāre, obviāt-, to hinder, from obvius, in the way; see obvious.
- obˌvi·aˈtion noun
- obˈvi·aˌtor noun
obviate - Legal Definition
- To anticipate and prevent something from happening; to dispose of something.
- To make something no longer necessary.