[dih-swey-zhuh n]


an act or instance of dissuading.

Origin of dissuasion

1520–30; < Latin dissuāsiōn- (stem of dissuāsiō) a speaking against, equivalent to dissuās(us) (past participle of dissuādēre; dissuād- (see dissuade) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for dissuasion

Historical Examples of dissuasion

  • This dissuasion only whetted the controversial appetite, and off set Philip with his Polyglot Bible under his arm.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • Both the pundit and his son had promised to undertake my dissuasion from the path of a sannyasi .

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • The queen, who had shared in the loot of a good many such expeditions, might have acquiesced but for Burghley's dissuasion.

  • He vouchsafed no explanation, and Clem, though heavy-hearted with anxiety, asked no questions and attempted no dissuasion.

    The Code of the Mountains

    Charles Neville Buck

  • If you can discover legitimate means of dissuasion, it would be well to use them.

    The Patrician

    John Galsworthy

Word Origin and History for dissuasion

early 15c., from Latin dissuasionem (nominative dissuasio) "an advice to the contrary," noun of action from past participle stem of dissuadere (see dissuade).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper