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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.] [1913 Webster] 1. To meet in the way. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Not to stir a step to obviate any of a different religion. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 2. To anticipate; to prevent by interception; to remove from the way or path; to make unnecessary; as, to obviate the necessity of going. [1913 Webster] To lay down everything in its full light, so as to obviate all exceptions. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]