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Circumvent Versus Circumnavigate

To go around in different ways.

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Mignon Fogarty,

Circumvent Versus Circumnavigate

 

"Circumvent' and "circumnavigate" both start with the prefix " circum-," which comes from the Latin word "circum," which means "around."

“Circumvent” means to go around or bypass something; to avoid it.

“Circumnavigate” means to sail or fly around something.

So both "circumvent" and "circumnavigate" mean "to go around," but "circumvent" means to go around in a way that you avoid something, and "circumnavigate" means to go around in way that you experience, explore, or travel through or over something.

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