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Definition of obviate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    obviate something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they obviate
    he / she / it obviates
    past simple obviated
    -ing form obviating
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  1. 1to remove a problem or the need for something synonym preclude
  2. 2 This new evidence obviates the need for any further enquiries. Disaster was obviated by the opening of the reserve parachute.
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