AskDefine | Define obviate

Dictionary Definition

obviate

Verb

1 do away with [syn: rid of, eliminate] [ant: necessitate]
2 prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike" [syn: debar, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off]

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English

Verb

  1. To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary.
    • They saved enough money for their purchase and obviated the need to borrow.

Translations

to bypass a requirement
  • Dutch: een randvoorwaarde overbodig maken
  • Spanish: obviar

Synonyms, Antonyms 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, prohibit, repel, rule out, save, stave off, turn aside, ward, ward off
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