obviate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] formal 

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/ˈɒbvieɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyobviate
he/she/itobviates
present participleobviating
past tenseobviated
past participleobviated
  1. to get rid of something such as a need or a problem

    The use of this equipment should obviate the problem.

    obviate the need/necessity for something:

    Increased profits do not obviate the need to reduce expenses.