- 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.
transitive verbob·vi·at·ed, ob·vi·at·ing, ob·vi·ates
Origin of obviateLatin obviāre, obviāt-, to hinder, from obvius, in the way; see obvious.
(third-person singular simple present obviates, present participle obviating, simple past and past participle obviated)
From Latin obviÄre (“to block, to hinder").
obviate - Legal Definition
- To anticipate and prevent something from happening; to dispose of something.
- To make something no longer necessary.