X [verb here] Y meaning: Doing X is sufficient and so Y is not needed.

Does listening make speaking unnecessary?

Does listening [verb here] speaking?

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    Such a verb would be obviate (one of whose meanings is 'to render unnecessary') but it is not a better choice, in your examples, for "make...unnecessary".
    – TimR
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 11:32
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    – TimR
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 11:40
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    @Rose When "make" is used in that pattern (please see this other thread I took part in recently: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/102932/make-it-clear-what/…), "render" seems to me to be a better word.
    – Gustavson
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 18:51

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I would suggest invalidate or its synonyms:

  • nullify
  • negate
  • make ineffective
  • neutralize
  • cancel
  • undo
  • annul
  • void
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    Depending on your context, "Does listening make speaking unnecessary?" is actually a pretty good sentence. It could be the better choice in something like: "Does listening make speaking unnecessary? No, but a good listener is usually sparse with his words."
    – Rich
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 12:14

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