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English definition of “obviate”

obviate

verb [T]     /ˈɒb.vi.eɪt/ US  /ˈɑːb-/ formal
to remove a difficulty, especially so that action to deal with it becomes unnecessary: A peaceful solution would obviate the need to send a UN military force.Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
(Definition of obviate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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