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The proposed austerity measures are seen by European governments as a way to ward off future debt crises, such as the one that has seen Greece receive financial bailouts from the EU and the International Monetary Fund.
ward off = parry, defend against, to keep something at distance
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prevent = anticipate, avert, avoid, bar, block, check, counteract, defend against, forestall, hamper, head off, hinder, impede, inhibit, intercept, obstruct, restrain, stave off, thwart, ward off
Cambers Cambridge Dictionary of Synonyms 1993