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verb (used with object), de·terred, de·ter·ring.
  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.
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Origin of deter

1570–80; < Latin dēterrēre to prevent, hinder, equivalent to dē- de- + terrēre to frighten
Related formsde·ter·ment, nounde·ter·ra·ble, adjectivede·ter·ra·bil·i·ty, nounde·ter·rer, nounun·de·ter·ra·bil·i·ty, nounun·de·ter·ra·ble, adjectiveun·de·ter·ra·bly, adverbun·de·terred, adjectiveun·de·ter·ring, adjective
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Related Words for deterred

hinder, prevent, discourage, avert, prohibit, intimidate, frighten, preclude, stop, daunt, impede, forestall, dissuade, restrain, obstruct, scare, block, dampen, debar, cool

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Contemporary Examples of deterred

Historical Examples of deterred

  • But Pee-wee was not to be deterred by sentiment and false hope.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • It is the sober who are demoralised by it, and not the lawless who are deterred.

  • In hope that she would be deterred by exaggeration, he dwelt on the subject.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • He determined, however, not to be deterred from going to the wedding.

  • These are the retributions of Heaven, and by such punishments men should be deterred.



British Dictionary definitions for deterred


verb -ters, -terring or -terred
  1. (tr) to discourage (from acting) or prevent (from occurring), usually by instilling fear, doubt, or anxiety
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Derived Formsdeterment, noun

Word Origin for deter

C16: from Latin dēterrēre, from de- + terrēre to frighten
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Word Origin and History for deterred



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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