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Definition of 'obviate'


  1. do away with
       Synonyms: rid of eliminate
       Antonyms: necessitate ask postulate need require take involve call for demand
  2. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
       Synonyms: debar deflect avert head off stave off fend off avoid ward off

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