The act of deliberately keeping yourself away from something is avoidance. Your avoidance of the outdoors this summer has left you very pale!

Some types of avoidance make a lot of sense, like the avoidance of horror movies by someone who's easily frightened. Others are less healthy, like your avoidance of doing homework, which inevitably leads to a panic when you realize it's all due tomorrow. In law, avoidance means "making something nullified or void," the way failing to fulfill certain obligations can result in avoidance of a signed contract.

Definitions of avoidance
  1. noun
    the act of deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening
    synonyms: dodging, shunning, turning away
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    aversion, averting
    the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away
    an avoidance of danger or difficulty
    near thing
    something that barely avoids failure or disaster
    type of:
    the act of rejecting something
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