dissuade

verb
dis·​suade | \ di-ˈswād How to pronounce dissuade (audio) \
dissuaded; dissuading

Definition of dissuade

transitive verb

1a : to advise (a person) against something dissuading us from base thoughts, low ends, ignoble gains …— A. T. Quiller-Couch
b archaic : to advise against (an action)
2 : to turn from something by persuasion unable to dissuade him from going

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Other Words from dissuade

dissuader noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dissuade

Synonyms

deter, discourage, inhibit

Antonyms

encourage, persuade

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Examples of dissuade in a Sentence

Our warnings did not dissuade them. tried to dissuade her from her intention to drop out of college

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However, the transfer ban will not only dissuade any potential new manager, but also hamstring anyone brave enough to take the job. SI.com, "Premier League: Why the Rest of the Top 6 Won't Close the Gap to Liverpool & Man City Next Season," 8 June 2019 Even a 28-point loss to Clemson in the title game last year won’t dissuade pundits from placing Alabama among the top two or three teams in the country next season. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Three questions facing the SEC this offseason," 7 June 2019 Neal had faced three counts of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, three counts of bribing a witness and one count of disorderly conduct by distributing a private intimate image causing emotional harm. Richard Bammer, The Mercury News, "Judge sentences retired Bay Area cop for misdemeanors in child sex, bribery case," 6 June 2019 But Mueller’s report hasn’t dissuaded some of Trump’s fiercest critics among the new Democratic lawmakers who helped flip the House from Republican control. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Seattle Times, "Democrats ask for Mueller files; GOP exclaims ‘Move on’," 25 Mar. 2019 Two things should dissuade us from such a perverted reading of scripture. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 Such systems could raise insurance premiums, likely dissuading some consumers from choosing such a vehicle when the time comes. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "When Are Self-Driving Cars Actually Coming?," 25 Apr. 2019 Seeing the political poison from going after ACA, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California tried to dissuade the president, to no avail. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s gambit to kill Obamacare risks lives and opportunity," 29 Mar. 2019 Projecting what any of these other contracts would look like are difficult, but the Orioles shouldn't be dissuaded by anything that happened with Jones. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Six years after no-regrets early extension with Adam Jones, Orioles have yet to return to that well," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of dissuade

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dissuade

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

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dissuade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dissuade

: to convince (someone) not to do something

dissuade

verb
dis·​suade | \ di-ˈswād How to pronounce dissuade (audio) \
dissuaded; dissuading

Kids Definition of dissuade

: to persuade or advise not to do something “Don't attempt to dissuade me. I see my duty.”— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg

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