Definition of dissuade in English:

dissuade

Line breaks: dis|suade
Pronunciation: /dɪˈsweɪd
 
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verb

[with object]
  • Persuade (someone) not to take a particular course of action: his friends tried to dissuade him from flying
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    discourage, deter, prevent, disincline, turn aside, divert, sidetrack; talk out of, persuade against, persuade not to, argue out of, put off, stop, scare off, warn off; advise against, urge against, advise/urge not to, caution against, expostulate against
    rare dehort

Derivatives

dissuader

noun
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  • 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.

dissuasion

Pronunciation: /-ˈsweɪʒ(ə)n/
noun
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  • 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.

dissuasive

Pronunciation: /-ˈsweɪsɪv/
adjective
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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