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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v circumvent avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) "He dodged the issue","she skirted the problem","They tend to evade their responsibilities","he evaded the questions skillfully"
    • v circumvent beat through cleverness and wit "I beat the traffic","She outfoxed her competitors"
    • v circumvent surround so as to force to give up "The Turks besieged Vienna"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Circumvent To gain advantage over by arts, stratagem, or deception; to decieve; to delude; to get around. "I circumvented whom I could not gain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • circumvent To gain advantage over by artfulness, stratagem, or deception; defeat or get the better of by cunning; get around; outwit; overreach: as, to circumvent one's enemies.
    • circumvent Synonyms See cheat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Circumvent sėr-kum-vent′ to come round or outwit a person: to deceive or cheat
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  • William Shakespeare
    “A politician is one that would circumvent God.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. circumventis, p. p. of circumvenire, to come around, encompass, deceive; circum, + venire, to come, akin to E. come.,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. venīre, to come.


In literature:

How could she circumvent this terrible young man who was going to put them all in their places.
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
Having circumvented the fence, the next task was to descend the steep sides of the ravine.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
We had many small rivulets to cross, and were obliged to make great detours in order to circumvent them at all.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
We'll find some way to circumvent your uncle and keep you out of his hands.
"Dorothy's Triumph" by Evelyn Raymond
She considered Mary as plotting treasonably against her power, and began to contrive plans to circumvent and thwart her.
"Mary Queen of Scots, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
Unless we can circumvent the plots of the court, all we have gained is lost.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Winny meant to circumvent Ranny and to defeat him by guile.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
James Henry found himself circumvented in a good many ways by woman's wit.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
We'll get a little fun, you'll see, if we can only circumvent the Wasp.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
But she would circumvent them.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Suddenly the sight of a slat sunbonnet, hanging on a nail beside her, suggested a means of circumventing him.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
A few American firms, which were hostile to Germany, did their best to circumvent Bremen.
"Bremen Cotton Exchange" by Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
Seymour was very jealous of all this greatness, and was contriving every means in his power to circumvent and supersede his brother.
"Queen Elizabeth" by Jacob Abbott
Perhaps I was pleased to be able to circumvent your plans.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
America had one severe trial, and then settled down to circumvent and undo the curse of Babel.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
He circumvented them, and came up from behind.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
There are ways by which the intention of the law concerning little children can be most easily and successfully circumvented.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
She felt sure that her father would seek some means of circumventing the sheriff's mandate.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
With the urge dying, it might have been necessary for us to circumvent the entire business.
"You Don't Make Wine Like the Greeks Did" by David E. Fisher
It seemed right good fortune that he had overheard their plans, but how could he circumvent them?
"Frontier Boys in the South Seas" by Wyn Roosevelt

In poetry:

When you go out to hunt, my son
Prepare to circumvent your gun
And on your shoulder firmly bind
A pillow of the largest kind.
"The Hunter" by Ellis Parker Butler
Nor are you wise to circumvent
The friends of custom and of rule, While rashly leaving to their bent
The lawless, the incontinent,
The weak and too-confiding fool.
"Outlawed:" by Emily Pfeiffer
Thou shalt be pardon'd, so thou dost repent,
Shou'dst thou against the Lord himself transgress;
But if thou shou'dst thy neighbour circumvent,
God ne'er will pardon, 'till he meets redress:
"An Admonition To A Sick Person, To Make His Will In Time, And To Dispose Of His Effects In The Fear " by Rees Prichard

In news:

President Circumvents Congress to Put Unaccountable Czar in Place.
The Obama administration, by circumventing Congress, kicked off one of the most sweeping changes in immigration policy in decades.
Columbia County officials recently fired two Recreation Department employees after they attempted to circumvent pay rules for some staff members.
Mayor's IT office circumvents bidding process.
If the league's real concern was that these primarily front-loaded deals circumvent the salary cap, it should focus entirely on year-to-year salary variation and forget about term.
Letter of understanding could circumvent condemnation action.
The investigation found that the president, Daniel Oliver, failed to comply with federal and naval regulations, circumvented federal hiring authorities, and inappropriately accepted gifts from a private foundation.
Some Internal Revenue Services managers appear to be circumventing the dollar limit on credit card micro-purchasing by splitting the transactions into two or more parts, according to a new federal audit.
Obama must circumvent congressional inaction .
"It didn't circumvent any rules," Bloomberg said.
Senator Chuck Schumer made his way to Utica yesterday to announce legislation he's introducing that aims to circumvent the federal government from charging the state interest on unemployment insurance.
Elliott opposes the 117-mile, 500-kilovolt mega project, which is slated to circumvent delicate desert and forest terrain to bring energy to San Diego.
In the 1997 film Gattaca, Ethan Hawke's character attempts to circumvent the genetic screening that is the basis of contemporary life.
Tonight, Wisconsin Republicans attempted to circumvent their Democratic colleagues by offering a tricky rewrite to the controversial budget bill.
Weirton business invests in natural gas-powered backup generator to circumvent power outages.

In science:

As we show in the next section, this problem can be circumvented by the introduction of a spectral mass.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Klebanov and Maldacena circumvented this difficulty by gauging the electric field E on the brane into a spacetime B -field — it is then easy to see the change in the closed string energy spectrum as B approaches criticality.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
Dyson (see also Mehta ) used the following trick, to circumvent the problem of dealing with ∞-fold integrals.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
Dissociating dimer growth circumvents the random walk argument by means of a novel type of non-local topological constraint.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
While both methods circumvent dimensional reduction by providing a non-perturbative mechanism, the GVM via replica symmetry breaking and the FRG via the generation of a cusp-like non-analyticity in R′′ (u), they are disconcertingly different in spirit.
Functional renormalization group at large N for random manifolds
Expressiveness Although overloading is convenient in strategic programming, it can usually be circumvented with some additional coding effort.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
To define “reaching” v we have to circumvent the measurement problem.
Quantum Random Walks Hit Exponentially Faster
Taking into account larger clusters and treating them exactly we were able to circumvent this problem.
Phase diagram of the random Heisenberg antiferromagnetic spin-1 chain
To circumvent the problem of knowing T in advance we can alternatively use a definition similar to the absorbing wall described in Sec.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
AdS/CFT correspondence, but it probes string dynamics and thus circumvents the practical limitations of AdS/CFT to the supergravity approximation to string theory.
Instability and Degeneracy in the BMN Correspondence
In Z2, the zero element is essential, but already in Z3 it can be circumvented to generate runs of \heads" and \tails" that are perfectly balanced.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
Therefore, global corrections to the time, or ways to circumvent these corrections, are required.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
To circumvent this problem, we take a fit of the functional form (18) to the correlator with the correction term included as a suitable interpolation of the data used to estimate the value of Gqq [R∗ (N )].
The Harris-Luck criterion for random lattices
The CB field theory approach in this paper circumvents this difficulty associated with the unknown wavefunction at any finite d (see Sec.V) and was used to show how the pseudo-spin density wave state is formed and its properties.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
However, this problem can be circumvented in other supersymmetry breaking mediation scenarios, such as gauge mediation, where the gravitino can be much lighter or through a weakening of the constraints on the reheat temperature .
Neutrino Phenomenology -- the case of two right handed neutrinos