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dissuade Syllabification: dis·suade
Pronunciation: /dəˈswād/

Definition of dissuade in English:


[with object]
Persuade (someone) not to take a particular course of action: his friends tried to dissuade him from flying
More example sentences
  • I had, of course, tried to dissuade him, if only for his own safety, but he would have none of it.
  • The orator persuades or dissuades someone, to argue for or against adopting a proposed opinion or course of action; the auditors play the role of critics.
  • When she had made up her mind on something it was quite hard to dissuade her from the course she had chosen.
discourage from, deter from, prevent from, divert from, stop from;
talk out of, persuade against, advise against, argue out of


Example sentences
  • That didn't seem like much of a dissuader, so when I saw the album cover in the new releases I was intrigued.
  • In 40 percent of the cases, the dissuader was a parent, but teachers and employers accounted for 20 percent of the dissuaders.
  • The entrance is in both cases delimited by a dissuader formed by an elongated bar of a semi-circular shape.
Pronunciation: /dəˈswāZH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • If deterrence and dissuasion are failing, and conflict with a nuclear-armed enemy seems imminent, two concerns will become paramount.
  • Strategic deterrence is based on dissuasion, pressure, and enforcement.
  • Most simply, deterrence is dissuasion by means of threat.
Pronunciation: /dəˈswāsiv/
Example sentences
  • Monuc does not intervene as a dissuasive force.
  • He called for far higher fines for breaches of equality legislation, arguing existing penalties were not severe enough to be dissuasive.
  • Such a consequence would not represent real and effective judicial protection and would have no really dissuasive effect on the employer, as required by the Directive.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'advise against'): from Latin dissuadere, from dis- (expressing reversal) + suadere 'advise, persuade'.

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