circumvent ( circumvents 3rd person present) ( circumventing present participle) ( circumvented past tense & past participle ) If someone circumvents a rule or restriction, they avoid having to obey the rule or restriction, in a clever and perhaps dishonest way.
Military planners tried to circumvent the treaty. V n
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