Word of the Day: Obviate

obviate

ob-vi-ate / ŏb-vē-āt

verb

1. to prevent from happening; to make unnecessary

The precept, “Know yourself,” was not solely intended to obviate the pride of mankind; but likewise that we might understand our own worth.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 BC – 43 BC

etymology

From the Latin verb obvio, obviare, obviavi, obviatum (stand in the way of, go against, oppose) formed from the Latin adjective obvius, obvia, obvium (standing in the way, happening to meet, in the face of, against) derived from the Latin adverb obviam (in the way, in the face of, against), which originated as the prepositional phrase ob (against, opposite) viam, the accusative/objective form of the feminine noun via, viae (way, road, street, path).

Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.