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 for avoidance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Avoidance \A*void"ance\, n.
     1. The act of annulling; annulment.
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     2. The act of becoming vacant, or the state of being vacant;
        -- specifically used for the state of a benefice becoming
        void by the death, deprivation, or resignation of the
        incumbent.
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              Wolsey, . . . on every avoidance of St. Peter's
              chair, was sitting down therein, when suddenly some
              one or other clapped in before him.   --Fuller.
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     3. A dismissing or a quitting; removal; withdrawal.
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     4. The act of avoiding or shunning; keeping clear of. "The
        avoidance of pain." --Beattie.
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     5. The courts by which anything is carried off.
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              Avoidances and drainings of water.    --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  avoidance
      n 1: deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from
           happening [syn: avoidance, turning away, shunning,
           dodging]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  51 Moby Thesaurus words for "avoidance":
     Encratism, Friday, Lenten fare, Pythagoreanism, Pythagorism,
     Rechabitism, Shakerism, Spartan fare, Stoicism, abstainment,
     abstemiousness, abstention, abstinence, asceticism, banyan day,
     celibacy, chastity, continence, cringe, dodge, duck, elusion,
     eschewal, evasion, fallback, fast, fish day, flinch, fruitarianism,
     gymnosophy, nephalism, plain living, pullback, pullout, recoil,
     refraining, refrainment, retreat, runaround, sexual abstinence,
     shunning, shy, sidestep, sidestepping, simple diet, spare diet,
     teetotalism, the pledge, total abstinence, vegetarianism, wince
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  AVOIDANCE, eccl. law. It is when a benefice becomes vacant for want of an
  incumbent; and, in this sense, it is opposed to plenarty. Avoidances are in
  fact, as by the death of the incumbent or in law.
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  AVOIDANCE, pleading. The introduction of new or special matter, which,
  admitting the premises of the opposite party, avoids or repels his
  conclusions. Gould on Pl. c. 1 Sec. 24, 42.
  
  

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