V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to prevent or overcome a problem by anticipating the problem in advance; 2. to make something unnecessary

Synonyms: remove, prevent, hinder, forestall, preclude, avert

Antonyms: cause, allow

Tips: Obviate comes from the Latin obviare, "to stand in the way of." Its meaning has evolved and is now used in a more positive way. Think of creating a solution that stands in the way of a future problem. Think, "to remove a difficulty." For example: "Good diplomacy can obviate (avert, prevent) war."

Usage Examples:

Your company should consider me for the position because I'm known for obviating potential losses of revenue for firms like yours. (averting, preventing)

Is there any way to obviate this potential crisis? (avoid, prevent)

A peaceful solution would obviate the need to use military force. (prevent)

Addressing any potential problems before they occur will obviate the need for later crisis management. (remove)

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