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Meaning of obviate

ob•vi•ate

Pronunciation: (ob'vē-āt"), [key]
— -at•ed, -at•ing.
  1. to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary: to obviate the risk of serious injury.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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