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OBVIATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obviate mean? 

OBVIATE (verb)
  The verb OBVIATE has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: OBVIATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBVIATE (verb)


Sense 1obviate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Do away with

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

obviate; rid of; eliminate

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "obviate"):

close out; preclude; rule out (make impossible, especially beforehand)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Antonym:

necessitate (require as useful, just, or proper)


Sense 2obviate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

avert; ward off; stave off; deflect; fend off; head off; obviate; debar; avoid

Context examples:

Let's avoid a confrontation / head off a confrontation / avert a strike

Hypernyms (to "obviate" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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