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The President circumvented Congress by appointing the U.N. Ambassador after the Senate adjourned for the summer.
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circumvent circumvented circumventing circumvention circumvents
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  • The President circumvented Congress by appointing the U.N. Ambassador after the Senate adjourned for the summer.
  • The company circumvented the regulation by replacing regular employees with contractors and part-timers.
  • We’ll circumvent his wife, go out for lunch, both of us feeling sneaky.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • They look at you and see you as a badge of pride, because they were able to circumvent the law and have a Third.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game

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  • The only thing that interests me now is the problem of circumventing the machine, learning if the inevitable admits a loophole.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • His tracks led toward the east buttress of Denali, straight through a labyrinth of giant crevasses, evidence that he had made no apparent effort to circumvent obvious hazards.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • To clothe the migrants, he circumvents Mexican Customs, which inspects cars and confiscates used clothing coming into the country, in what Padre Leo believes is an attempt to protect Mexican clothing manufacturers.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • He reached for Murtagh’s consciousness, but his probe abruptly ran into an iron-hard wall, which he tried to circumvent.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • They could do whatever they wanted to me for circumventing orders.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • This was the only way Saphira and I could circumvent them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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  • Yet it had worked, more or less, and when it had not, he and his sister made themselves available to circumvent obstacles.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • "Well, they got to finish circumventing the land before they can dare the water," I said.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Did that same mixed-up part of my brain somehow believe I could circumvent all I’d ever been groomed for?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Consider the whole machinery of the civil law made necessary by these processes; the libraries of ponderous tomes, the courts and juries to interpret them, the lawyers studying to circumvent them, the pettifogging and chicanery, the hatreds and lies!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Aye, shame on the Hollanders and Iroquois, who circumvented them by their deviltries, into such a treaty!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • They were in possession of other indications; they laid hand on the three prowlers, and supposed that they had circumvented some one or other of Brujon’s machinations.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She was defeated by loathing for the hours, the days, the nights she had to waste circumventing the interference of Jim’s friend who bore the title of Vice-President in Charge of Operation.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And not for the first time, the Baron wondered if there ever would come a day when the Guild might be circumvented.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I had to watch the steering, and circumvent those snags, and get the tin-pot along by hook or by crook.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Unexpectedly, all these people — people without a roof over their heads, without work, with the gloomiest of prospects — realized that large sums of money could be made with great ease by circumventing German decrees.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • A good many of you are in here because you could not adjust to the rules of society in the Outside World, because you refused to face up to them, because you tried to circumvent them and avoid them.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • (By that time it was a cabal, and we were all Miss Emily’s allies to help circumvent the cousins.) Sure enough, after another week they departed.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • He ordered him to circumvent all the legal procedures so that the burial could take place that same afternoon and with the greatest discretion.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • For these love to consult, the other (fearing to be circumvented,) to strike first.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • He was confident he could break or circumvent any spells Galbatorix’s magicians invented, but it would require more time than he now had.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • But, fortunately, Adelaida Ivanovna’s family intervened and circumvented his greediness.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • So utterly lost was he to all sense of reverence for the many marvels of their majestic bulk and mystic ways; and so dead to anything like an apprehension of any possible danger from encountering them; that in his poor opinion, the wondrous whale was but a species of magnified mouse, or at least water-rat, requiring only a little circumvention and some small application of time and trouble in order to kill and boil.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • His father, a one-legged natural force at first, installed justly to make little boys feel littler and stupid boys aware of their stupidity; and then—after god had crashed—he saw his father as the policeman laid on by birth, the officer who might be circumvented, or fooled, but never challenged.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • My father did, in any case, rapidly discover a way to circumvent the limitations on his effectiveness implied by the stricture that he should carry no laden trays.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Nevertheless our experience has been that those princes who have done great things have held good faith of little account, and have known how to circumvent the intellect of men by craft, and in the end have overcome those who have relied on their word.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Your Honor, what we have here is an attempt to circumvent rather than facilitate Miss Cardinal’s wishes.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • For should Man finally be lost, should Man, Thy creature late so lov’d, thy youngest son, Fall circumvented thus by fraud, though join’d With his own folly? that be from thee far, That far be from thee, Father, who art judge Of all things made, and judgest only right.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • In order to circumvent the restrictions, I offered food to the warders, who might then relent.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Obviously, we needed to circumvent the checkpoint.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • For the moment I do not see how we are to circumvent him.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Each one has crossed a border that I myself have circumvented.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The planting of flowers on Fanny’s grave had been perhaps but a species of elusion of the primary grief, and now it was as if his intention had been known and circumvented.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Refik Alba apologized once more and repeated that he was powerless to circumvent company rules.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Jason sailed through the Clashing Rocks into a sea of marvels, circumvented the dragon that guarded the Golden Fleece, and returned with the fleece and the power to wrest his rightful throne from a usurper.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • If she was biding her time or hoping to circumvent her father she must have had a prevision of success.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Parents researched birth charts probably not so much to assure good fortune as to circumvent incest in a population that has but one hundred surnames.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • Woolf weighed a lot more than the imposts assigned to most of these horses, but somehow he was able to circumvent the rule requiring riders to be within five pounds of the assignment.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • In short, he had weight, and might be expected to grapple with a disease and throw it; while Dr. Minchin might be better able to detect it lurking and to circumvent it.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Therefore, I reasoned, stealing was not a violation of my ethics, but of his; I felt that things were rigged in his favor and any action I took to circumvent his scheme of life was justified.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • He’d had the girl’s sputum sent to Boston, circumventing the national lab, and when the results had come back, her father, an old friend, had begged Jaime—begged, Jaime insisted—that Farmer examine her.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • When he believed that he had heard the call it seemed to him that he could see his future, his life, intact and on all sides complete and inviolable, like a classic and serene vase, where the spirit could be born anew sheltered from the harsh gale of living and die so, peacefully, with only the far sound of the circumvented wind, with scarce even a handful of rotting dust to be disposed of.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • And Clyde, puzzled and shaken by this sudden and highly unsatisfactory development, at once announced: "Why, sure —Ill go over after a bit and see," yet his mind busy with schemes for circumventing her.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The sense that he was watched, that craft was employed to circumvent his errant tastes, added piquancy to a journey so entirely sentimental, so long as the danger was of no fearful sort.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Whenever the Colonel did a cadet a favor by circumventing the rules of the Blue Book, that cadet would receive demerits in a punishment order for acts he did not commit.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "Yes, I reckon I can, and through the packmen too," observed Mrs. Glegg, intending to imply that Bob’s flattery had produced no effect on her; while her husband, standing behind her with his hands in his pockets and legs apart, winked and smiled with conjugal delight at the probability of his wife’s being circumvented.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
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Associated words [difficulty]:   circumvent [5] , circumference [3] , circumspect [3] , circumlocution [7] , circumscribe [7]
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