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[dih-swey-siv] /dɪˈsweɪ sɪv/
tending or liable to dissuade.
Origin of dissuasive
First recorded in 1600-10; dissuas(ion) + -ive
Related forms
dissuasively, adverb
dissuasiveness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There were dissuasive noises from the company, but no attempt at rescue.

  • A Tender Motive, a dissuasive from sin, a persuasive to yielding and to righteousness.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • Pink pushed his horse towards the edge of the crowd, but he was hailed with dissuasive cries.

    A Tar-Heel Baron Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
  • These two are always joined together, and are a dissuasive from marrying a widow, because she is often involved in law suits.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • The meal was as dissuasive as the washing arrangements, and I was glad when the trumpet summoned us to coach.

  • And with rapidity and confusion, she poured out a multitude of dissuasive arguments, some contradicting the others.

    Helen Maria Edgeworth
  • He certainly does intend what he says as a dissuasive from a certain course of erroneous conduct.

    Who Wrote the Bible? Washington Gladden
  • From a safe distance on the running-board, he flourished this, whooping the while in a shrill and dissuasive manner.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • There was no dissuasive would do; Uriah must be put upon a desperate service, where it was great odds if he survived it.

    No Cross, No Crown William Penn
  • My exposition was intended to be dissuasive, and I think that Mr. Churchill was disappointed.

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