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2 definitions found
 for forefend
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forefend \Fore*fend"\, v. t. [OE. forfenden; pref. for- + fenden
     to fend. See Fend, v. t.]
     To hinder; to fend off; to avert; to prevent the approach of;
     to forbid or prohibit. See Forfend.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           God forefend it should ever be recorded in our history.
                                                    --Landor.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           It would be a far better work . . . to forefend the
           cruelty.                                 --I. Taylor.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  forefend
      v 1: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's
           avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert
           a strike" [syn: debar, forefend, forfend, obviate,
           deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off,
           avoid, ward off]

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