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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of circumvenire 'to come around', from circum- ( CIRCUM-) + venire 'to come'

circumvent

verb
     
cir‧cum‧vent [transitive] formal
1 to avoid a problem or rule that restricts you, especially in a clever or dishonest way - used to show disapproval:
The company opened an account abroad, in order to circumvent the tax laws.
2 to avoid something by changing the direction in which you are travelling:
We went north in order to circumvent the mountains.
circumvention noun [uncountable]

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