tending or liable to dissuade.

Origin of dissuasive

First recorded in 1600–10; dissuas(ion) + -ive
Related formsdis·sua·sive·ly, adverbdis·sua·sive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for dissuasive

Historical Examples of dissuasive

  • There were dissuasive noises from the company, but no attempt at rescue.

  • A Tender Motive, a dissuasive from sin, a persuasive to yielding and to righteousness.

  • Pink pushed his horse towards the edge of the crowd, but he was hailed with dissuasive cries.

    A Tar-Heel Baron

    Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton

  • These two are always joined together, and are a dissuasive from marrying a widow, because she is often involved in law suits.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • The meal was as dissuasive as the washing arrangements, and I was glad when the trumpet summoned us to coach.