An example of to obviate is to eliminate the need for a surgery with a new treatment.
- to do away with or prevent by effective measures
- to make unnecessary: often in the phrase obviate the need for: the tall hedge obviated the need for a window shade
Origin of obviate; from Late Latin obviatus, past participle of obviare, to prevent ; from obvius: see obvious
transitive verbob·vi·at·ed, ob·vi·at·ing, ob·vi·ates
Origin of obviateLatin obvi&amacron;re, obvi&amacron;t-, 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.