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A Word A Day — obviate

Good afternoon Netizens…

March 30, 2013

Word of the Day

  • obviate
  • audio pronunciation
  • \AHB-vee-ayt\
  • DEFINITION
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verb

: to anticipate and prevent (as a situation) or make unnecessary (as an action)
  • EXAMPLES
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Rob checks every ledger entry twice to obviate any problems when it comes time for an audit.

“Some TVs come equipped with … technology that manufacturers incorporated to obviate the need for supplementary cable boxes.” — From an article by Mike Rogoway in The Oregonian, January 13, 2013

  • DID YOU KNOW?
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“Obviate” derives from Late Latin “obviare” (meaning “to meet or withstand”) and Latin “obviam,” which means “in the way” and is also an ancestor of our adjective “obvious.” “Obviate” has a number of synonyms in English, including “prevent,” “preclude,” and “avert”; all of these words can mean to hinder or stop something. When you prevent or preclude something, you put up an insurmountable obstacle. In addition, “preclude” often implies that a degree of chance was involved in stopping an event. “Obviate” generally suggests the use of intelligence or forethought to ward off trouble. “Avert” always implies that a bad situation has been anticipated and prevented or deflected by the application of immediate and effective means.

From Merriam-Webster Online at www.Merriam-Webster.com.

 

Dave


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