Silver’s Word of the Week – Obviate

Welcome to Silver’s Word of the Week where I try to find strange and unusual words to ignite my vocabulary to new levels! Are you ready to learn a new word?

This week our word is courtesy of Dictionary.com:

Obviate: To make something no longer necessary: To prevent or avoid something.

verb  ob·vi·ate \ˈäb-vē-ˌāt\

My Examples:

To obviate an election year catastrophe the GOP Stop Trump Movement is pulling out all the stops.

Trees to be grown in the form of a bush are usually budded low down on the stem of the main trunk as near the root as possible to obviate the development of wild suckers later on.

MeriamWebster.com shares:

Did You Know?

“Obviate derives from Late Latin obviare (meaning “to meet or withstand”) and Latin obviam,which means “in the way” and is also an ancestor of our adjective “obvious.” “Obviate” has a number of synonyms in English, including “prevent,” “preclude,” and “avert”; all of these words can mean to hinder or stop something. When you prevent or preclude something, you put up an insurmountable obstacle.

In addition, “preclude” often implies that a degree of chance was involved in stopping an event. “Obviate” generally suggests the use of intelligence or forethought to ward off trouble. “Avert” always implies that a bad situation has been anticipated and prevented or deflected by the application of immediate and effective means.”

Silver finds a way to obviate the writing of some book reviews she has due this week.

How about you? Tell me how you would use obviate in a sentence…

See you next week!

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