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 for obviate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Obviate \Ob"vi*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obviated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Obviating.] [L. obviare; ob (see Ob-) + viare to
     go, fr. via way. See Voyage.]
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     1. To meet in the way. [Obs.]
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              Not to stir a step to obviate any of a different
              religion.                             --Fuller.
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     2. To anticipate; to prevent by interception; to remove from
        the way or path; to make unnecessary; as, to obviate the
        necessity of going.
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              To lay down everything in its full light, so as to
              obviate all exceptions.               --Woodward.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: do away with [syn: obviate, rid of, eliminate] [ant:
           ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate,
           need, postulate, require, take]
      2: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's
         avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a
         strike" [syn: debar, forefend, forfend, obviate,
         deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off,
         avoid, ward off]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  31 Moby Thesaurus words for "obviate":
     anticipate, avert, bar, debar, deflect, deter, discourage,
     dishearten, estop, exclude, fend, fend off, forbid, foreclose,
     forestall, help, interfere, interpose, intervene, keep from,
     keep off, preclude, prevent, prohibit, repel, rule out, save,
     stave off, turn aside, ward, ward off

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