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[dih-sweyd] /dɪˈsweɪd/
verb (used with object), dissuaded, dissuading.
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
1505-15; < Latin dissuādēre, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + suādēre to recommend, urge, derivative of suād-, base of suāvis tasting agreeable; see suave
Related forms
dissuadable, adjective
dissuader, noun
predissuade, verb (used with object), predissuaded, predissuading.
undissuadable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dissuading
Historical Examples
  • Does the whole duty of the doctor consist in dissuading the patient from marriage?

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • I and Caroline Abbott had the greatest difficulty in dissuading her from the Riviera.

  • He held up a dissuading hand, as the other would have spoken.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Fortunately for Rumania, they succeeded in dissuading him from his purpose.

  • But Chilo fell to dissuading and entreating them by all the gods not to do so.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • I had great difficulty in dissuading him from this frightful act.

  • Captain James, however, persisted in dissuading me from any such resolution.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • But his uncle's words, far from dissuading Danilo, only excited him the more.

    The Laughing Prince Parker Fillmore
  • I'm not obliged to; and you've rather succeeded in dissuading me.

    The Inner Shrine Basil King
  • I would if I could; but I don't know that I've any way of dissuading him.

British Dictionary definitions for dissuading


verb (transitive)
(often foll by from) to deter (someone) by persuasion from a course of action, policy, etc
to advise against (an action, etc)
Derived Forms
dissuadable, adjective
dissuader, noun
dissuasion, noun
dissuasive, adjective
dissuasively, adverb
dissuasiveness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dissuādēre, from dis-1 + suādēre to persuade
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Word Origin and History for dissuading



1510s, from Middle French dissuader and directly from Latin dissuadere "to advise against, oppose by argument," from dis- "off, against" (see dis-) + suadere "to urge" (see suasion). Related: Dissuaded; dissuading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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