1 try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth" [syn: discourage]
2 turn away from by persuasion; "Negative campaigning will only dissuade people" [syn: dissuade] [ant: persuade] [also: deterring, deterred]
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)
- To prevent something from happening.
- To persuade someone
not to do something; to discourage.
- 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding
and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University
Press, 1973. § 10.
- we have in following enquiry, attempted to throw some light upon subjects, from which uncertainty has hitherto deterred the wise
- 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 10.
To prevent something from happening
To persuade someone not to do something
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