Definition of avoidance in US English:



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

    ‘one third of cancer deaths could be prevented by avoidance of smoking’
    • ‘Principles associated with classicism include order, proportion, balance, harmony, decorum, and avoidance of excess.’
    • ‘The only cure is avoidance of the food product.’
    • ‘Insect avoidance would be especially important for organic production systems under some conditions.’
    • ‘He is an author whose avoidance of publicity has become legendary.’
    • ‘Four of the art dealers have pleaded guilty to sales-tax avoidance.’
    • ‘The film is rigorous in its avoidance of scenes of violence or cruelty.’
    • ‘The fact that critics are bitching about the film's avoidance of the racial issue is absurd.’
    • ‘Architects should aim for waste avoidance.’
    • ‘The effort cannot just be an avoidance of the history of the music business.’
    • ‘One of the reasons for the film's authenticity is its almost complete avoidance of recognizable actors.’
    1. 1.1 The action of preventing something from happening.
      ‘a pilotless passenger aircraft would rely on computers and automatic collision avoidance’
      • ‘This clause serves to emphasize the importance placed by the contracting parties on the avoidance of litigation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I shared my observations on calamity avoidance by the CEO in major acquisitions.’
      • ‘The maintenance of public confidence and patient safety includes the avoidance of unnecessary panic and alarm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They contributed to the minimization or avoidance of confrontation when there was the clear potential for major violence.’
      • ‘We suggested a rigorous NASA-approved muscle-atrophy avoidance course or perhaps days on end pulling slot machines in Vegas for preparation.’
      • ‘The avoidance of such tragedies should be the primary focus of all responsible people that allow children access to the farm.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for this policy of crisis avoidance, there are some problems that can't just disappear.’
  • 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’
    • ‘On this basis, no question of avoidance ab initio would arise.’
    • ‘Avoidance for innocent misrepresentation or nondisclosure is not permitted, unless the law prohibits such an exclusion.’
    • ‘One of the contractual purposes is to prevent the avoidance of the statutory restrictions.’
    • ‘If the conferment of a right of avoidance ceases to make commercial or legal sense, then it should be treated as having been exhausted.’
    • ‘The avoidance of dissolution has the effect which one would have expected.’