AskDefine | Define deter

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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]

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From deterrere.



  1. To prevent something from happening.
  2. 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


To prevent something from happening
  • Chinese: 防止
  • Finnish: estää
  • French: empêcher
  • Norwegian: forhindre
  • Portuguese: impedir
  • Swedish: förhindra
To persuade someone not to do something
  • Dutch: ontmoedigen
  • Finnish: pidätellä, estellä
  • French: dissuader, décourager
  • Portuguese: dissuadir, desencorajar





  1. withhold

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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