verb (used with object), dis·suad·ed, dis·suad·ing.

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 formsdis·suad·a·ble, adjectivedis·suad·er, nounpre·dis·suade, verb (used with object), pre·dis·suad·ed, pre·dis·suad·ing.un·dis·suad·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dissuading

Historical Examples of dissuading

  • Does the whole duty of the doctor consist in dissuading the patient from marriage?

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for dissuading


verb (tr)

(often foll by from) to deter (someone) by persuasion from a course of action, policy, etc
to advise against (an action, etc)
Derived Formsdissuadable, adjectivedissuader, noundissuasion, noundissuasive, adjectivedissuasively, adverbdissuasiveness, noun

Word Origin for dissuade

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.

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