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English verb: forestall

1. forestall (social) keep from happening or arising; make impossible


SamplesMy sense of tact forbids an honest answer.
Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project.


Synonymsforbid, foreclose, preclude, prevent


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)avert, avoid, baffle, bilk, block, block, blockade, cross, debar, deflect, embarrass, fend off, foil, forefend, forfend, frustrate, halt, head off, hinder, kibosh, make unnecessary, obstruct, obviate, queer, save, scotch, spoil, stave off, stop, stymie, stymy, thwart, ward off

2. forestall (social) act in advance of; deal with ahead of time


Synonymsanticipate, counter, foresee


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)act, move









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