Obviate

  • 1 Obviate — Ob vi*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Obviated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Obviating}.] [L. obviare; ob (see {Ob }) + viare to go, fr. via way. See {Voyage}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To meet in the way. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Not to stir a step to obviate any of a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 obviate — index balk, bar (hinder), deter, estop, forestall, overrule, overthrow, prevent, r …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 obviate — (v.) 1590s, to meet and do away with, from L.L. obviatus, pp. of obviare act contrary to, go against, from L. obvius that is in the way, that moves against (see OBVIOUS (Cf. obvious)). Related: Obviated; obviating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 obviate — preclude, *prevent, avert, ward Analogous words: evade, elude, avoid, *escape: forestall, anticipate, *prevent: *interpose, interfere, intervene …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 obviate — [v] make unnecessary anticipate, avert, block, counter, counteract, deter, do away with, forestall, forfend, hinder, interfere, interpose, intervene, preclude, prevent, remove, restrain, rule out, stave off, ward; concept 121 Ant. allow, help,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 obviate — ► VERB 1) remove (a need or difficulty). 2) avoid; prevent. DERIVATIVES obviation noun. ORIGIN Latin obviare, from via way …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 obviate — [äb′vē āt΄] vt. obviated, obviating [< LL obviatus, pp. of obviare, to prevent < obvius: see OBVIOUS] to do away with or prevent by effective measures; make unnecessary obviation n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 obviate — UK [ˈɒbvɪeɪt] / US [ˈɑbvɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms obviate : present tense I/you/we/they obviate he/she/it obviates present participle obviating past tense obviated past participle obviated formal to get rid of something such as a need… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 obviate — ob|vi|ate [ abvi,eıt ] verb transitive FORMAL to get rid of something such as a need or a problem: The use of this equipment should obviate the problem. obviate the need/necessity for something: Increased profits do not obviate the need to reduce …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 obviate — [[t]ɒ̱bvieɪt[/t]] obviates, obviating, obviated VERB To obviate something such as a problem or a need means to remove it or make it unnecessary. [FORMAL] [V n] The use of a solicitor trained as a mediator would obviate the need for independent… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 obviate — obviable /ob vee euh beuhl/, adj. obviation, n. obviator, n. /ob vee ayt /, v.t., obviated, obviating. to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary: to obviate the risk of… …

    Universalium

  • 12 obviate — verb Obviate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑necessity, ↑need …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 obviate —  does not mean reduce or make more acceptable, as is often thought: A total redesign of the system should obviate complaints about its reliability (London Times). It means to make unnecessary …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 14 obviate — verb (T) 1 obviate the need formal to make something unnecessary: The use of a credit card obviates the need to carry a lot of money. 2 to remove a difficulty …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 obviate — /ˈɒbvieɪt / (say obveeayt) verb (t) (obviated, obviating) to meet and dispose of or prevent (difficulties, objections, etc.) by effective measures: *This will obviate the necessity of deciding who will take the one compass. –patrick white, 1957.… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 16 obviate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Late Latin obviatus, past participle of obviare to meet, withstand, from Latin obviam Date: 1598 to anticipate and prevent (as a situation) or make unnecessary (as an action) • obviation noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 obviate — verb /ˈɒbviˌeɪt,ˈɑbviˌeɪt/ To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary. They saved enough money for their purchase and obviated the need to borrow …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 obviate — Synonyms and related words: anticipate, avert, bar, debar, deflect, deter, discourage, dishearten, estop, exclude, fend, fend off, forbid, foreclose, forestall, help, interfere, interpose, intervene, keep from, keep off, preclude, prevent,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 obviate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. preclude, debar. See hindrance. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. preclude, forestall, block; see hinder , prevent , restrain 1 . See Synonym Study at prevent . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. preclude,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 obviate — ob|vi|ate [ˈɔbvieıt US ˈa:b ] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of obviare to meet, be unharmed by , from Latin obviam in the way ] formal to prevent or avoid a problem or the need to do something = ↑eliminate ▪ The… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English