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Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening.  Synonyms: avert, avoid, debar, deflect, fend off, forfend, head off, obviate, stave off, ward off.  "Head off a confrontation" , "Avert a strike"

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"Forefend" Quotes from Famous Books

... goes through the world as she goes across country—straight ahead, and over everything. Such a nice girl as she might have been, too, if she'd been brought up in Figtree Court! If ever I marry, and have daughters (which remote contingency may Heaven forefend!) they shall be educated in Paper Buildings, take their sole exercise in the Temple Gardens, and they shall never go beyond the gates till they are marriageable, when I will walk them straight across Fleet street to St. ...
— Lady Audley's Secret • Mary Elizabeth Braddon

... the Friar Gonsol, "the saints forefend from thee the evil temptation provided for my especial proving! I should have been reckoned a weak and coward vessel were I to send thee in my stead to bear the mortifications designed for ...
— The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IV. (of X.) • Various

Words linked to "Forefend" :   forestall, ward off, debar, preclude, prevent, forbid, foreclose

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