Definition of avoidance in English:

avoidance

noun

  • 1The action of keeping away from or not doing something:

    ‘one third of cancer deaths could be prevented by avoidance of smoking’
    • ‘One of the reasons for the film's authenticity is its almost complete avoidance of recognizable actors.’
    • ‘Architects should aim for waste avoidance.’
    • ‘The fact that critics are bitching about the film's avoidance of the racial issue is absurd.’
    • ‘Principles associated with classicism include order, proportion, balance, harmony, decorum, and avoidance of excess.’
    • ‘He is an author whose avoidance of publicity has become legendary.’
    • ‘The effort cannot just be an avoidance of the history of the music business.’
    • ‘The film is rigorous in its avoidance of scenes of violence or cruelty.’
    • ‘Four of the art dealers have pleaded guilty to sales-tax avoidance.’
    • ‘Insect avoidance would be especially important for organic production systems under some conditions.’
    • ‘The only cure is avoidance of the food product.’
    1. 1.1 The action of preventing something from happening:
      ‘a pilotless passenger aircraft would rely on computers and automatic collision avoidance’
      • ‘Unfortunately for this policy of crisis avoidance, there are some problems that can't just disappear.’
      • ‘The avoidance of such tragedies should be the primary focus of all responsible people that allow children access to the farm.’
      • ‘The maintenance of public confidence and patient safety includes the avoidance of unnecessary panic and alarm.’
      • ‘I shared my observations on calamity avoidance by the CEO in major acquisitions.’
      • ‘Tilting its hat at the big-car market was this new model, long and svelte and promising much luxury and high tech, including crash avoidance systems.’
      • ‘This clause serves to emphasize the importance placed by the contracting parties on the avoidance of litigation.’
      • ‘The picture that emerges is of an efficient industry committed to the avoidance of disputes.’
      • ‘A finding of neglect can spur the need for action, and thus contribute to the avoidance of suicides in the future.’
      • ‘We suggested a rigorous NASA-approved muscle-atrophy avoidance course or perhaps days on end pulling slot machines in Vegas for preparation.’
      • ‘They contributed to the minimization or avoidance of confrontation when there was the clear potential for major violence.’
  • 2Law
    The action of repudiating, nullifying, or rendering void a decree or contract:

    ‘insurance underwriters could not rely on non-disclosure to justify avoidance of the contract’
    • ‘If the conferment of a right of avoidance ceases to make commercial or legal sense, then it should be treated as having been exhausted.’
    • ‘On this basis, no question of avoidance ab initio would arise.’
    • ‘The avoidance of dissolution has the effect which one would have expected.’
    • ‘One of the contractual purposes is to prevent the avoidance of the statutory restrictions.’
    • ‘Avoidance for innocent misrepresentation or nondisclosure is not permitted, unless the law prohibits such an exclusion.’

Pronunciation

avoidance

/əˈvɔɪd(ə)ns/