verb (used with object), de·terred, de·ter·ring.
Origin of deter
Examples from the Web for deters
Sorrow then, has done its work when it deters from evil; in other words when it works repentance.Sermons Preached at Brighton|Frederick W. Robertson
He knew him versed in every art that corrupts, and wholly void of the conscience that deters.My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Teneros animos aliena opprobria spe / Absterrent vitiis—The disgrace of others often deters tender minds from vice.
The knowledge that virtue is its own reward is what deters many from well doing.Crankisms|Lisle de Vaux Matthewman
This probably, more than the daring character of their speculations, deters Martin Luther from numbering himself among them.Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family|Elizabeth Rundle Charles