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  • There was supposed to be a presentation about the future of CircleMoney—a way to send all online purchases through the Circle and, eventually, obviate the need for paper currency at all—but then the presentation was cancelled.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • A useful and graciously austere half-light which dissipates puerile fears and obviates falls.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In order to obviate any delays possible through any routine requirements as to payment in your departments, we enclose cheque herewith for ten pounds, receipt of which please acknowledge.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I am indebted to it for my excision of lines 215-21% in Book I, an excision that obviates one of Page’s chief criticisms.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • Having approached this structure, I looked inside, and perceived it to be a singular sort of oldfashioned couch, very conveniently designed to obviate the necessity for every member of the family having a room to himself.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Finally, all other difficulties being obviated, woman cannot take advantage of these preliminary reforms until she herself shall have undergone a still mightier change, in which, perhaps, the ethereal essence, wherein she has her truest life, will be found to have evaporated.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • That will obviate all difficulties you know; and from us I really think, my dear Jane, you can have no scruple to accept such an accommodation.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • 67 More stars than I had ever seen smeared the frozen sky A gibbous moon rose above the shoulder of 27,824-foot Makalu, washing the slope beneath my boots in ghostly light, obviating the need for a headlamp.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • To obviate this, my wife, who feared these continual wettings might injure our health, contrived waterproofs: she brushed on several layers of caoutchouc over stout shirts, to which she attached hoods; she then fixed to these duck trousers, and thus prepared for each of us a complete waterproof suit, clad in which we might brave the severest rain.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • He has no need to go into them minutely-his experience obviates that-the net result is the definite impression that something is wrong.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders

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  • "Though with your usual anxiety for our happiness," said Elinor, "you have been obviating every impediment to the present scheme which occurred to you, there is still one objection which, in my opinion, cannot be so easily removed."
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Should any little accidental disappointment of the appetite occur, such as the spoiling of a meal, the under or the over dressing of a dish, the incident ought not to be neutralised by replacing with something more delicate the comfort lost, thus pampering the body and obviating the aim of this institution; it ought to be improved to the spiritual edification of the pupils, by encouraging them to evince fortitude under temporary privation.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • To a man living so much in the past, and so little in the present, as the secluded and antiquarian old bachelor, a century and a half seemed not so vast a period as to obviate the propriety of substituting right for wrong.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • To obviate this, I cleaned but two steps at a time, a distance over which a ten-year-old child could step.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • This arrangement had its rise in the feverish impatience of the girl, which could brook no delay that it was in her power to obviate.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • This quarrel was obviating that.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • To promote that demand, I wrote and published a pamphlet, entitled "An Account of the new-invented Pennsylvania Fireplaces; wherein their Construction and Manner of Operation is particularly explained; their Advantages above every other Method of warming Rooms demonstrated; and all Objections that have been raised against the Use of them answered and obviated," etc. This pamphlet had a good effect.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The lateness of the hour, rendering procrastinatory: the obscurity of the night, rendering invisible: the uncertainty of thoroughfares, rendering perilous: the necessity for repose, obviating movement: the proximity of an occupied bed, obviating research: the anticipation of warmth (human) tempered with coolness (linen), obviating desire and rendering desirable: the statue of Narcissus, sound without echo, desired desire.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It is a great though incidental advantage that the materials from the heart of the Hill Difficulty have been employed in filling up the Valley of Humiliation, thus obviating the necessity of descending into that disagreeable and unwholesome hollow.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • Before I proceed farther, I shall beg leave to obviate some misconstructions into which the zeal of some few readers may lead them; for I would not willingly give offence to any, especially to men who are warm in the cause of virtue or religion.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Though Edmund was much more displeased with his aunt than with his mother, as evincing least regard for her niece, he could not help paying more attention to what she said; and at length determined on a method of proceeding which would obviate the risk of his father’s thinking he had done too much, and at the same time procure for Fanny the immediate means of exercise, which he could not bear she should be without.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Swann used often to go and spend a few days at Laon, and, for all that it was many miles away, the distance was obviated by the absence of any intervening obstacle; when, on hot afternoons, I would see a breath of wind emerge from the farthest horizon, bowing the heads of the corn in distant fields, pouring like a flood over all that vast expanse, and finally settling down, warm and rustling, among the clover and sainfoin at my feet, that plain which was common to us both seemed then…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • …his conscience about his and Mr Coldfield’s bill of lading (only probably not as long here, since time here would be pressing) until that was settled; —how he granted that by certain lights there was injustice in what he did but that he had obviated that as much as lay in his power by being above-board in the matter; that he could have simply deserted her, could have taken his hat and walked out, but he did not and that he had what Grandfather would have to admit was a good and valid…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • He hit upon a very simple method of obviating this difficulty.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • He remembered those generous glutei that obviated any need for a supporting pillow.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • If these measures were carefully studied and properly applied, they would obviate any risk of an epidemic.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • But if we can get a sample of Snow Crash from this drug-taking site, it will obviate the rest of our mission.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The means by which it was proposed to obviate this second obstacle was to delegate the electoral powers of the nation to a body of representatives.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The Trojans, Tuscans, and Arcadian line, With equal courage obviate their design.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • That Heather had known Joe for years—in fact, attended the same Lutheran church where Michelle had taken Chrissie and Nina to Sunday school and services—did not obviate her need to see his driver’s license.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Upon this ground, which is evidently the true one, it will not be difficult to obviate the objections which have been made to an indefinite power of taxation in the United States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • If he could come to some understanding with her, perhaps she would meet him in some clandestine way and thus obviate all possibility of criticism.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Besides the dangers which are inherent in the system, many other difficulties may arise from the mode of election, which may be obviated by the precaution of the legislator.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The action of the legislature on the executive power may be direct; and we have just shown that the Americans carefully obviated this influence; but it may, on the other hand, be indirect.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I have shown what the circumstances are which favored the adoption of the elective system in the United States, and what precautions were taken by the legislators to obviate its dangers.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • For the necessity of thought had been obviated by advice and law, or "revealed" truth, and so long as other theories or situations and impulses of an external or even internal, character did not arise to clash with these, she was safe enough.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • This reflection must have great weight in obviating that objection to the proposed plan, which is founded on the principle of expense; an objection, however, which, when we come to take a nearer view of it, will appear in every light to stand on mistaken ground.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Now, to obviate all such imputations for the future, I do here confess and justify the fact.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • All objections and scruples are here also obviated, by requiring the concurrence of the States concerned, in every such establishment.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It came to this: not only had the town ceased to be in touch with the rest of the world by normal means of communication, but alsoaccording to a second notification-all correspondence was forbidden, to obviate the risk of letters’ carrying infection outside the town.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Thus a dangerous expedient is used to obviate a still more formidable danger.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Thus it is, in the vast labyrinth of human laws, that extreme liberty sometimes corrects the abuses of license, and that extreme democracy obviates the dangers of democratic government.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I think that we ought to have obviated it by deciding that a whole year should always be allowed to elapse between the bringing in of a bill and the final passing of it.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • But the most minute provisions become important when they tend to obviate the necessity or the pretext for gradual and unobserved usurpations of power.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The valuable improvements made by the American constitutions on the popular models, both ancient and modern, cannot certainly be too much admired; but it would be an unwarrantable partiality, to contend that they have as effectually obviated the danger on this side, as was wished and expected.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But this does not obviate the impropriety of an equal vote between States of the most unequal dimensions and populousness; nor is the inference accurate in point of fact; for we can enumerate nine States which contain less than a majority of the people [4]; and it is constitutionally possible that these nine may give the vote.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • To obviate the fatigue of mounting and descending the stairs, we fitted up this, where you lie at present — on the same floor with the parlour; and she was soon strong enough to move from one to the other, leaning on Edgar’s arm.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • If, to obviate this consequence, it should be resolved to extend the prohibition to the RAISING of armies in time of peace, the United States would then exhibit the most extraordinary spectacle which the world has yet seen, that of a nation incapacitated by its Constitution to prepare for defense, before it was actually invaded.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The medical opinion with regard to his own recent and regretted decease had almost entirely obviated the idea that a murder was committed in the former case.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • To level this, the bold Italians join; The wary Trojans obviate their design; With weighty stones o’erwhelm their troops below, Shoot thro’ the loopholes, and sharp jav’lins throw.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
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