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avoid ( vt ) modification of Old French esvuider to destroy, literally, to empty, from es- out + vuider to empty

1 :to make void or undo

:annul [the trustee may ⁓ any transfer of interest of the debtor in property U.S. Code]

2 :to respond to (an allegation or averment) by declaring that facts alleged do not result in liability [averments in a pleading to which no responsive pleading is required or permitted shall be taken as denied or ⁓ed U.S. Code] see also confession and avoidance compare deny

3 :to prevent the occurrence of or responsibility for esp. through lawful means [⁓ a tax] compare evade

avoidability ( n ) avoidable ( adj ) avoidance ( n )

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