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Is there a word that means “make someone (or something) redundant”?

I'm looking for a word that I can use in a context where I say something like

If you let me look in your garage it will eliminate the need for a warrant.

Even if I have to rearrange the sentence, I wouldn't mind.

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marked as duplicate by FumbleFingers, Kristina Lopez, MετάEd, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, waiwai933 Jan 19 '13 at 0:30

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.. there'll be no need for a warrant; I won't need a warrant; there's no requirement for a warrant; a warrant isn't required. – John Lawler Jan 18 '13 at 16:16
@FumbleFingers While both questions share one similar answer, IMO they are sufficiently distinct from each other. – coleopterist Jan 18 '13 at 18:40
@coleopterist: Maybe you see a difference, but I think if there was one you'd be splitting splitting hairs to identify it. Regardless of that, your own dispense is way off base, since it's impossible to use that in OP's example construction without the radical change of switching the subject of the verb from the act of looking in the garage to what we will be able to do if that act takes place. – FumbleFingers Jan 18 '13 at 21:39
"The other quickest way to develop talent, job rotate their bosses and elevate the next line. Redundantify!" twylah.com/JoyAndLife/tweets/204951152847110144 – Kris Jan 19 '13 at 7:15
"You can ensmallen and de-redundantify the file by removing anything that isn't part of Group 0x01xxxxxx" moreawesomethanyou.com/smf/index.php?topic=18888.1975;wap2 --- Look for redundancies and un-redundantify your copy! omars-jrn200blog.blogspot.in/2012/10/… – Kris Jan 19 '13 at 7:21
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Obviate: to bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary.

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That doesn't actually work here. You'd still have to say "obviate the need for a warrant" -- they even use it that way in the wiktionary link. – starwed Jan 18 '13 at 16:51
This is the kind of word that I am looking for. Thank you very much, . – YertJones Jan 18 '13 at 18:27
You're welcome. Note that as @starwed noted, you would still need to use "the need for" as in "obviate the need for a warrant." – JAM Jan 18 '13 at 18:33
Do you really need "the need for" or is that superfluous speech, like "the car was traveling at a high rate of speed" rather than "at a high speed" or "fast"? If obviate means to make unnecessary, then "obviate the need" means "make unnecessary the need" which is silly. How about: "When a criminal is caught red-handed, the circumstances obviate the arrest warrant." – Kaz Jan 18 '13 at 21:23
In any case, it might be worth starting a movement to obviate "the need" in "obviate the need". :) – Kaz Jan 18 '13 at 21:50

If the sentence can be reworded slightly, you could say,

If you let me look in your garage we can dispense with the warrant.


[with object] (dispense with) manage without or get rid of:
let’s dispense with the formalities, shall we?

give special exemption from (a law or rule):
the Secretary of State was empowered to dispense with the nationality requirement in individual cases

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Would it be "dispense with" or just "dispense"? – YertJones Jan 18 '13 at 18:32
@YertJones It would be "dispense with" as in the examples from the dictionary. The meaning changes sans with. – coleopterist Jan 18 '13 at 18:38

Preclude: ‘To prevent (an action, event, situation) from taking place, esp. in advance; to remove the possibility of (an event, etc.) occurring, to make impossible; to rule out.’

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That's to eliminate possibility, not need. – Mechanical snail Jan 18 '13 at 19:49

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