avoid


avoid
avoid vt [modification of Old French esvuider to destroy, literally, to empty, from es - out + vuider to empty]
1: to make void or undo: annul
the trustee may avoid any transfer of interest of the debtor in propertyU.S. Code
2: to respond to (an allegation or averment) by declaring that facts alleged do not result in liability
averments in a pleading to which no responsive pleading is required or permitted shall be taken as denied or avoid edFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 8(d) see also confession and avoidance compare deny
3: to prevent the occurrence of or responsibility for esp. through lawful means
avoid a tax compare evade
avoid·abil·i·ty n
avoid·able adj
avoid·ance n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

avoid
I (cancel) verb annul, defeat, destroy the efficacy of, invalidate, make inoperative, make of no effect, make void, make wholly without effect, refute, vacate, void II (evade) verb abstain from, avert, balk at, decline, depart from, dodge, elude, escape, eschew, flee from, forbear, forsake, have nothing to do with, hold back, keep at a distance from, keep away from, keep clear of, make off, part company, refrain from, retreat, shun, shy away from, vitare III index abscond, adeem, annul, avert, cancel, default, deter, detour, discriminate (treat differently), disdain, disfavor, elude, escape, eschew, estrange, evade (deceive), evade (elude), exclude, fail (neglect), forestall, forgo, forswear, parry, picket, pretermit, prevent, refrain, repeal, shirk, shun, stave, tergiversate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


avoid
v.
(1) To escape or evade.
(2) To nullify; to make void; to cancel; to destroy.
n.
avoidance

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


avoid
v. Slang. To annul, cancel, make void, or nullify for some legal reason a transaction to which one is a party or owes an obligation. For example, a child who is under the age of capacity may disavow a contract and avoid her obligations under it because she lacks the legal capacity to enter into a contract.
See also annul, voidable, ratify.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Synonyms:
(in a negative sense, or denoting care only without positive exertion), , , , , , , , , , / , , (after cannot)


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  • Avoid — A*void , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Avoided}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Avoiding}.] [OF. esvuidier, es (L. ex) + vuidier, voidier, to empty. See {Void}, a.] 1. To empty. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] 2. To emit or throw out; to void; as, to avoid excretions.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • avoid — avoid; avoid·a·ble; un·avoid·abil·i·ty; avoid·ant; avoid·ance; avoid·a·bly; un·avoid·able·ness; …   English syllables

  • avoid — [ə void′] vt. [ME avoiden < Anglo Fr avoider < OFr esvuidier, to empty < es (< L ex ), out + vuidier: see VOID] 1. to make void; annul, invalidate, or quash (a plea, etc. in law) 2. to keep away from; evade; shun [to avoid crowds] 3.… …   English World dictionary

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  • Avoid — A*void , v. i. 1. To retire; to withdraw. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] David avoided out of his presence. 1 Sam. xviii. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To become void or vacant. [Obs.] Ayliffe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avoid — (v.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. avoider to clear out, withdraw (oneself), partially anglicized from O.Fr. esvuidier to empty out, from es out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + vuidier to be empty, from voide empty, vast, wide, hollow, waste (see VOID (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

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  • avoid — [v] refrain or stay away from; prevent abstain, avert, bypass, circumlocute, circumvent, deflect, desist, ditch, divert, dodge, duck, elude, escape, eschew, evade, fake out*, fend off, flee, give the slip*, hide, hold off, jump, keep clear, lay… …   New thesaurus

  • avoid — ► VERB 1) keep away or refrain from. 2) prevent from doing or happening. DERIVATIVES avoidable adjective avoidably adverb avoidance noun. ORIGIN Old French evuider clear out, get rid of …   English terms dictionary


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