obviate obviate  /ˈɑb vi ˌeɪt/


  1. (v) prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
  2. (v) do away with


  1. Intuition cannot obviate hard facts and decisions cannot be taken on intuition alone.
  2. The House has cleverly passed an amendment to obviate the need of an election.


  • First, tax issues and permit fees must be settled

    Most elements of the proposed Tijuana Aeropuerto Binacional have been settled and, theoretically, construction could begin in a few weeks. The airport will feature a trans-border facility that will obviate the need for American travelers to cross at the San Ysidro or Otay border stations.
    on July 24, 2013     Source: San Diego Reader


  1. "There was one problem: My father was missing," Mr. Obama wrote. "And nothing my mother or my grandparents could tell me could obviate that single, unassailable fact."
    on Jun 21, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: CBS News

  2. "The legislators are going to be concerned about their own election or re-election. That's the end of March or the middle of March," Beebe told reporters. "It seems that the optimum time if you're going to reach a consensus that would obviate...
    on Jan 24, 2008 By: Mike Beebe Source: Forbes

  3. "If the president were to voluntarily institute the review and delay the contract that would obviate the need for our legislation, but a simple cooling-off period will not allay our concerns," said Sen. Charles Schumer.
    on Feb 23, 2006 By: Charles Schumer Source: Khaleej Times

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untenable untenable
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