Definition of obviate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    obviate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈɑbviˌeɪt//
     
    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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