[ verb ] keep from happening of arising; have the effect of preventing


"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"

Used in print

(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)

To forestall any change of allegiance , the Democrats hastily organised a testimonial banquet for O_'_Banion , as public reward for his past services and as a reminder of where his loyalties lay .

[ verb ] act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

Related terms

act obviation