obviate | obviation

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remove or avoid something

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obviate - avoid

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The formal word ‘obviate’ means to eliminate a problem or difficulty and in so doing, avoid the need to take action to deal with it. It implies a certain degree of intelligent consideration of options and forethought to prevent or evade trouble. Most commonly used in a professional context.

Synonyms forestall,suppress
Antonyms postulate

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  1. Executives at the company unanimously agreed to a reduction in pay in order to obviate the need to cut jobs to save costs.

  2. A burgeoning crisis in modern society is the obviation of human skills by increasingly advanced technology. A lot of people’s livelihoods could be at risk.

  3. We are hoping to obviate the need for legal action, so a mediator has been called in to resolve the dispute.

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