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Definition of avoidance:

  1. A dismissing or a quitting; removal; withdrawal.
  2. The act of annulling; annulment.
  3. The act of avoiding or shunning; keeping clear of.
  4. 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 incumbent.
  5. The courts by which anything is carried off.

Synonyms:

forbearance, abolition, duck, delay, seek, scheme, refraining, escape mechanism, recoil, slip, invalidation, abrogation, continue, evasive action, passive resistance, go-by, defeasance, eschewal, negation, cancellation, abolishment, voidance, brush, abstention, turning away, annihilation, bypass, shunning, nullification, nonparticipation, dodge, annulment, restraint, temperance, sidestepping, extinguishment, dodging.

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