Obviate meaning

ŏb'vē-āt'
To make something no longer necessary.
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To make unnecessary.

The tall hedge obviated the need for a window shade.

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To keep from happening or render unnecessary.
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To do away with or prevent by effective measures.
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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.

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To anticipate and prevent something from happening; to dispose of something.
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To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary; to avoid a future problem or difficult situation.

They saved enough money for their purchase and obviated the need to borrow.

The Internet has largely obviated printed phone books.

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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