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Obviate vs. Alleviate

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Obviateverb

(transitive) To anticipate and prevent or bypass (something which would otherwise have been necessary or required).

Alleviateverb

(transitive) To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty.

‘Alcohol is often a cheap tool to alleviate the stress of a hard day.’;

Obviateverb

(transitive) To avoid (a future problem or difficult situation).

Alleviateverb

To lighten or lessen the force or weight of.

‘Should no others join capable to alleviate the expense.’; ‘Those large bladders . . . conduce much to the alleviating of the body [of flying birds].’;

Obviateverb

To meet in the way.

‘Not to stir a step to obviate any of a different religion.’;

Alleviateverb

To lighten or lessen (physical or mental troubles); to mitigate, or make easier to be endured; as, to alleviate sorrow, pain, care, etc. ; - opposed to aggravate.

‘The calamity of the want of the sense of hearing is much alleviated by giving the use of letters.’;

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Obviateverb

To anticipate; to prevent by interception; to remove from the way or path; to make unnecessary; as, to obviate the necessity of going.

‘To lay down everything in its full light, so as to obviate all exceptions.’;

Alleviateverb

To extenuate; to palliate.

‘He alleviates his fault by an excuse.’;

Obviateverb

do away with

Alleviateverb

provide physical relief, as from pain;

‘This pill will relieve your headaches’;

Obviateverb

prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening;

‘Let's avoid a confrontation’; ‘head off a confrontation’; ‘avert a strike’;

Alleviateverb

make easier;

‘you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge’;

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Obviateverb

remove (a need or difficulty)

‘the presence of roller blinds obviated the need for curtains’;

Alleviateverb

make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe

‘measures to alleviate unemployment’; ‘he couldn't prevent her pain, only alleviate it’;

Obviateverb

avoid or prevent (something undesirable)

‘a parachute can be used to obviate disaster’;

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