[ob-vee-eyt] /ˈɒb viˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), obviated, obviating.
to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary:
to obviate the risk of serious injury.
(transitive) to avoid or prevent (a need or difficulty)
early 15c., from Medieval Latin obviationem (nominative obviatio), noun of action from past participle stem of obviare (see obviate).
1590s, “to meet and do away with,” from Late Latin obviatus, past participle of obviare “act contrary to, go against,” from Latin obvius “that is in the way, that moves against” (see obvious). Related: Obviated; obviating.
[ob-vee-uh s] /ˈɒb vi əs/ adjective 1. easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage. 2. lacking in subtlety. 3. Obsolete. being or standing in the way. /ˈɒbvɪəs/ adjective 1. easy to see or understand; evident 2. exhibiting motives, feelings, intentions, etc, clearly or without subtlety 3. naive or […]
[ob-vee-uh s] /ˈɒb vi əs/ adjective 1. easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage. 2. lacking in subtlety. 3. Obsolete. being or standing in the way. /ˈɒbvɪəslɪ/ adverb 1. in a way that is easy to see or understand; evidently 2. without subtlety 3. (sentence modifier) it is […]
[ob-vuh-loot] /ˈɒb vəˌlut/ adjective 1. rolled or turned in. 2. Botany. noting or pertaining to a vernation in which two leaves are folded together in the bud so that one half of each is exterior and the other interior. /ˈɒbvəˌluːt/ adjective 1. (of leaves or petals in the bud) folded so that the margins overlap […]
[German awp-vahl-duh n] /German ˈɔpˌvɑl dən/ noun 1. one of the two divisions of the canton of Unterwalden, in central Switzerland. 189 sq. mi. (490 sq. km). Capital: Sarnen.