(Latin: unoccupied, vacant; related to vacuus, "empty")

avoid (verb), avoids; avoided; avoiding
1. To reject, to shun, to stay away: Because of her sensitive skin, Geraldine tries to avoid sitting in the sun.
2. To keep away from, to stay out of the way of someone or something: Lauren's former husband now avoids her whenever they happen to be in the same place.

Margery, a high school student, manages to avoid doing the dishes by claiming she has to do her homework.

3. To prevent the occurrence of; to stop from happening: If at all possible, people should avoid repeating the same mistakes when investing their money in those companies that are unable to maintain reasonable profits.
4. To refrain or to stop doing something: Nations should try to avoid starting so many wars with each other.
5. To resist, to turn down, or to deliberately stay away from certain foods or beverages: According to the doctor, during Carol's fast, she should avoid eating solid food; however, liquids would be all right.
avoidable (adjective), more avoidable, most avoidable
1. Referring to staying away from someone or something: "Sam was trying to find an avoidable way to stay away from the heavy traffic while he was driving to work."
2. Characterized by preventing the occurrence of something bad, unpleasant, etc.: "Erin thought there must be an avoidable process to complete the project without so much confusion."

"Brent was told that the financial investment would be an avoidable risk."

avoidably (adverb), more avoidably, most avoidably
A description of the ability to shun or to keep away from doing something: "Despite her efforts, Lina was unable to have an avoidably safe parking situation in the crowded car lot."

"Karen's avoidably excessive eating was making her abnormally over weight."

avoidance (s) (noun), avoidances (pl)
1. Deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening.
2. The act of keeping away from somebody or something.
3. The act of refraining from doing something or preventing something from happening.
4. In law, the act of making something invalid.
5. A conscious or unconscious defense mechanism consisting of refusal to encounter situations, activities, or objects that would produce anxiety or conflict.
avoidant (adjective), more avoidant, most avoidant
Moving away from; negatively oriented; demonstrating a tendency to avoid intimacy or social interactions with another person or people: "Ted's psychologist was helping him to overcome his avoidant behavior with members of his family and those with whom he worked."
avoider (s) (noun), avoiders (pl)
1. Someone who shuns or escapes.
2. The person who carries something away, or the vessel in which things are carried away.
avoidless (adjective); more avoidless, most avoidless
1. Descriptive of being inevitable or impossible to prevent or to stop.
2. Characteristic of something that occurs or appears whether anyone likes it or not
avoidment (s) (noun), avoidments (pl)
The action of keeping clear of or away from.
devoid (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to being empty of or completely without something: "After his wife died, Adam felt that his life was devoid of any meaning."
devoided (adjectived), more devoided, most devoided
Relating to being deprived of, or freed from; taken away: "At the funeral, Mary kept her devoided voice free of emotion."
devoider (s) (noun), devoiders (pl)
1. An expeller.
2. Someone who drives out or empties.
evoid (verb), evoids; evoided; evoiding
1. To clear out, to empty out.
2. To remove, to get rid of.
unavoidable (adjective), more unavoidable, most unavoidable
1. Impossible to prevent: "Jim said getting home late was an unavoidable delay because of the accident that took place on the highway."
2. Inevitable or bound to happen: "Due to the storm, there was an unavoidable two-hour delay of the aircraft landing."
unavoidableness (s) (noun) (no plural form)
An impossible or unpreventable situation: "As people grow older, they need to realize that there is an unavoidableness of bodily weaknesses which will occur."
unavoidably (adverb), more unavoidably, most unavoidably
1. A description of that which can not be prevented nor ignored: "The visitors to Eugene's home were unavoidably delayed in arriving as they had planned."
2. A reference to a situation or conditions which are certain to happen: "When strong cyclones or tornadoes take place, there are usually certain to be unavoidably severe electrical outages, travel accidents, etc."

Links to related empty, vacant words Related "empty" word units: ceno-; vacu-.