(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 diet, 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 keep 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 of how a person shuns or keeps 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 become overweight.

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 it 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 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 from other people or places.
2. The person who carries something away or the vessel in which things are transported to other destinations.
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 someone or a place.
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 for him.
devoided (adjective), more devoided, most devoided
Relating to being deprived of, or freed from; taken away: At the funeral of her sister, Mary made a strong effort to keep her devoided voice free of emotion.
devoider (s) (noun), devoiders (pl)
Someone who, or a place, which is completely without something: Harry is a devoider who has no ambition to go to college because when he graduates from high school, he wants to get a job so he can make a living so he can get married to his girl friend and have children.

Karen's residence is a devoider of electricity since the strong winter weather knocked down the wiring from the power plant.

evoid (verb), evoids; evoided; evoiding
1. To clear out, to empty out: The great accumulation of winter snow needed to be evoided from the streets before people could drive their vehicles again.
2. To remove, to get rid of: After the gas-leak explosion, the city had to evoid the building so it could build a new one.
unavoidable (adjective), more unavoidable, most unavoidable
1. Impossible to prevent: Jim said that there was an unavoidable delay in getting home 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 how something cannot be prevented or ignored: The visitors to Eugene's home were unavoidably delayed in arriving as they had planned because of the heavy traffic on the streets.
2. A reference to how a situation or condition is certain to happen: When strong cyclones or tornadoes take place, there are bound to be unavoidably severe electrical outages, travel accidents, etc.

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