American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To anticipate and dispose of effectively; render unnecessary. See Synonyms at prevent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To meet.
- To meet half-way, as difficulties or objections; hence, to meet and dispose of; clear out of the way; remove.
- v. transitive To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary; to avoid a future problem or difficult situation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To meet in the way.
- v. To anticipate; to prevent by interception; to remove from the way or path; to make unnecessary.
- v. do away with
- v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
- From Latin obviāre ("to block, to hinder"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin obviāre, obviāt-, to hinder, from obvius, in the way; see obvious. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Edit: In a (rare) moment of self-doubt I looked up 'obviate' wondering if it's one of those words I've either misheard or used incorrectly.”
“Any law enforcement agent who conducted a wiretap or private search would thereby always be presumptively guilty of a crime, and would have to cross his fingers and take his chances that prosecutors or jurors would ignore or obviate the law in his particular case.”
“And if you support a no-exceptions statutory ban on torture, what do you think about the use of mechanisms to obviate or get around the law in exceptional cases – prosecutorial discretion, jury nullification, presidential pardon, etc.?”
“Perhaps Gardner et al considered £2,480,750 a small price to pay to obviate a formal inquiry into the liquidation of a club he once ran but the CVA certainly leaves many unanswered questions. x-headThe football authorities have invested so much effort into building a case against third-party ownership of players that Sunday's failure to prove wrongdoing at Queen's Park Rangers was a blow for the Football Association.”
“Mr. Obama's jobs bill, which proposes $130 billion of aid for state and local governments, would obviate these reforms and take lawmakers off the hook for goosing workers' pensions in return for their political support.”
“Wikinvest co-founder Parker Conrad asserted in his pitch that Wikinvest and others might eventually obviate the financial services providers that rely on consumers not paying attention, or having opacity drive revenue in their products.”
“In order to obviate that, because money is fungible and budget-cutting is suddenly in vogue, you would think that government agencies would be aggressively trimming noncritical, nonlife-threatening expenditures and diverting scarce resources to genuinely pressing needs.”
“Of course, the intention of this is allow con members to make informed choices for the Hugo awards; it does not obviate the need to support the authors of this material with real purchases that they get royalty monies for.”
“Do you believe that the use of prosecutorial discretion, jury nullification, the necessity defense, executive clemency and any other mechanisms that are available to obviate or circumvent criminal statutes is unethical in all cases, without exception? and, uh, things like executive clemency are all firmly within the law.”
“Mostly, I've narrowed it down to Lakeside or Cuernavaca, though my mind, regrettably, isn't narrow enough to obviate any changes that may include somewhere else.”
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