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What is the difference between circumvent and avoid? Please provide examples.

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Please provide some context or your own research - what has made you unsure about whether these words are synonyms or not? Where have you read that they are or are not? As it is I think a dictionary can tell you the differences. –  Matt Эллен Sep 28 '11 at 10:01
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Circumvent has the meaning of going around or bypassing; you may still reach your original intended destination. Avoid has the rather more general meaning of not meeting, which might include not going at all. But their meanings overlap.

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