- to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding: The large dog deterred trespassers.
- to prevent; check; arrest: timber treated with creosote to deter rot.
Origin of deter
Related Words for detershinder, prevent, discourage, avert, prohibit, intimidate, frighten, preclude, stop, daunt, impede, forestall, dissuade, restrain, obstruct, scare, block, dampen, debar, cool
Examples from the Web for deters
Historical Examples of deters
Nor does he distinguish between the suffering which improves and the suffering which only punishes and deters.Gorgias
The knowledge that virtue is its own reward is what deters many from well doing.Crankisms
Lisle de Vaux Matthewman
Nothing so deters us from wanting to worship as the notion that worship is unliving.An Interpretation of Friends Worship
N. Jean Toomer
Be vague, colourless, and languid, this deters readers from approaching the book.How to Fail in Literature
A hand laid upon her shoulder startles and deters her from her purpose.Faith and Unfaith
- (tr) to discourage (from acting) or prevent (from occurring), usually by instilling fear, doubt, or anxiety