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  • adj. Preventable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being avoided or warded off


avert +‎ -able (Wiktionary)


  • And in some instances, such as the Ethiopian famine, the West addressed this with well-meaning "We Are the World" songs and charity initiatives as if it were some kind of natural catastrophe as opposed to an utterly avertable, man-made tragedy that should have marshaled the world to pressure the Ethiopian despot.

    Thor Halvorssen: Starving For Food, Thirsting For Freedom

  • Now if only more Haitians living in on $2 a day had ever heard of an iPhone and saved up their money for one instead of foolishly using it to not starve, they too may have survived this iPhone-avertable disaster.


  • These days, mind you, any such government-sponsored warning would be much, much more terrifying and, one presumes, be designed to convince us all that the apocalypse was upon us and yet also - conveniently - avertable.

    The Swine Flu Shot

  • Murder, at least certain forms of it, is an avertable crime.

    Norm Stamper: It's Time to "Profile" Potential Killers of Abortion Providers

  • Instead, she issues her own equally apocalyptic warning to the nation: if Britain is to avoid Greece's tragic but avertable fate, it must find a place for patriotic women to speak and write in the public sphere.

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  • And, you know, it was just avertable disagreement.

    Widow of Otis Redding Reflects on Husband's Legacy

  • The vengeance of the deities was thought to be avertable by the performance of certain propitiatory deeds, or by offering certain sacrifices.

    Folk Lore Superstitious Beliefs in the West of Scotland within This Century

  • We examined alternative population-based strategies to alleviate VAD by calculating the avertable health burden in terms of disability-adjusted life years (DALY) as well as avertable deaths and by comparing incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICER) in terms of unit cost per both DALY and death averted.

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  • Using estimates for consumption, we compare predicted costs and benefits of genetically modified (GM) fortification of mustard seed with high-dose vitamin A supplementation and industrial fortification of mustard oil during processing to alleviate VAD by calculating the avertable health burden in terms of disability-adjusted life years (DALY).

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  • The difference may be due to the numerous assumptions in our analysis intended to err on the conservative side of avertable disease burden, as well as uncertainties about the cost of supplementation.

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