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To anticipate, eliminate, or prevent difficulties by effective measures, as in to obviate the risk of injury.

The Internet, on the other hand, not only creates niche communities—of young people, beer aficionados, news junkies, Britney Spears fanatics—that seem to obviate the need for the larger community, it plays to another powerful force in modern America and one that also undermines the movies: narcissism.

—Neal Gabler “The Movie Magic Is Gone” Los Angeles Times, February 25, 2007

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