- to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
- Archaic. to advise or urge against: to dissuade an action.
Origin of dissuade
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Examples from the Web for dissuade
The point of publishing all the scary stats is not to dissuade people from being professional musicians.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
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Those excuses would do little to dissuade those enforcing the statute, if the U.S. had concrete proof of the suspected killings.Afghan Army Killings Threaten U.S. Aid
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Solmaz says she has never seen police try to round up or dissuade the dealers who work around Khaneye Honarmanan.As Iran’s Marijuana Trade Thrives, Is It Becoming a Nation of Stoners?
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Yet that should not stop NATO from using its resources to dissuade further Russian aggression, Volker said.Europe, Stunned by Reckless Russia, Mistrusts Feckless Ukrainian Leaders
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The Obama administration pulled out many stops at the time to dissuade Menendez from introducing his sanctions legislation.Inside the White House War on Dems
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I—some of our healers can dissuade the conviction of decayed teeth.The Bacillus of Beauty
The man was about to attempt to dissuade her, when Sing interrupted.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
They tried to dissuade her, but she grew irritable and ordered them to go on.Father Sergius
Yet neither tried to dissuade her from the rash adventure—as yet.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Thankful at first tried to dissuade her, but soon gave up the attempt.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (often foll by from) to deter (someone) by persuasion from a course of action, policy, etc
- to advise against (an action, etc)
C15: from Latin dissuādēre, from dis- 1 + suādēre to persuade
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Word Origin and History for dissuade
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