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Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Avoidance \A*void"ance\, n.
   1. The act of annulling; annulment.

   2. The act of becoming vacant, or the state of being vacant;
      -- specifically used for the state of a benefice becoming
      void by the death, deprivation, or resignation of the

            Wolsey, . . . on every avoidance of St. Peter's
            chair, was sitting down therein, when suddenly some
            one or other clapped in before him.   --Fuller.

   3. A dismissing or a quitting; removal; withdrawal.

   4. The act of avoiding or shunning; keeping clear of. ``The
      avoidance of pain.'' --Beattie.

   5. The courts by which anything is carried off.

            Avoidances and drainings of water.    --Bacon.

Source : WordNet®

     n : deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from
         happening [syn: {turning away}, {shunning}, {dodging}]
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