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deter

[dih-tur] /dɪˈtɜr/
verb (used with object), deterred, deterring.
1.
to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding:
The large dog deterred trespassers.
2.
to prevent; check; arrest:
timber treated with creosote to deter rot.
Origin of deter
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin dēterrēre to prevent, hinder, equivalent to dē- de- + terrēre to frighten
Related forms
determent, noun
deterrable, adjective
deterrability, noun
deterrer, noun
undeterrability, noun
undeterrable, adjective
undeterrably, adverb
undeterred, adjective
undeterring, adjective
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  • Nations, who are hostile, will be deterred from their attempts.

  • She was not deterred by this, nor by her dread of the sick man.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Most amateurs are deterred from attempting to manufacture it, and so have to content themselves with only the simplest pieces.

  • He need not have been afraid, however; she was not in the least deterred by what she had seen.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • By making the dress thus conspicuous, the children are, in a measure, deterred from wrong-doing while going about the city.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
British Dictionary definitions for deterred

deter

/dɪˈtɜː/
verb -ters, -terring, -terred
1.
(transitive) to discourage (from acting) or prevent (from occurring), usually by instilling fear, doubt, or anxiety
Derived Forms
determent, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēterrēre, from de- + terrēre to frighten
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Word Origin and History for deterred

deter

v.

1570s, from Latin deterrere "to frighten from, discourage from," from de- "away" (see de-) + terrere "frighten" (see terrible). Deterrent is from 1829.

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