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dissuade

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verb dis·suade \di-ˈswād\

Simple Definition of dissuade

  • : to convince (someone) not to do something

Full Definition of dissuade

dis·suad·eddis·suad·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to advise (a person) against something b archaic :  to advise against (an action)

  3. 2 :  to turn from something by persuasion <unable to dissuade him from going>

dis·suad·er noun

Examples of dissuade

  1. Our warnings did not dissuade them.

  2. <tried to dissuade her from her intention to drop out of college>



Origin of dissuade

Middle French or Latin; Middle French dissuader, from Latin dissuadēre, from dis- + suadēre to urge — more at sweet


First Known Use: 15th century



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