Obviate Definition

obviated, obviates, obviating
obviated, obviates, obviating
To do away with or prevent by effective measures.
Webster's New World
To make unnecessary.
The tall hedge obviated the need for a window shade.
Webster's New World
To anticipate and prevent something from happening; to dispose of something.
Webster's New World Law
To make something no longer necessary.
Webster's New World Law

Origin of Obviate

  • Latin obviāre obviāt- to hinder from obvius in the way obvious

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin obviāre (“to block, to hinder").

    From Wiktionary

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