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


deter, discourage, inhibit


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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The backlash, however, has done little to dissuade the father. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "Father, son ‘all-in’ on teen’s bid for eSports stardom," 6 July 2019 The more likely explanation is that the Trump administration hoped to dissuade immigrant and non-citizen participation in the Census. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Seems Oddly Ambivalent About Being Lied To," 27 June 2019 His ethics officials have also sought to dissuade his subordinates. Anchorage Daily News, "Money follows Trump when he visits his clubs, as Republicans and officials pay to be with him," 21 June 2019 Instead of dissuading Civil Rights activists from heading to the South, the murder as well as the police attacks at the Pettus Bridge encouraged thousands of people to engage in the fight for Civil Rights. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "NPR Identifies Fourth Attacker in Infamous Civil Rights Murder," 19 June 2019 Bike racks are placed about 10 to 15 feet from the White House, forming an outer perimeter to dissuade potential fence jumpers. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Man taken into custody near the White House after dropping backpack, Secret Service says," 19 June 2019 But opponents of the bill argue that ships are getting larger, and this new rule may dissuade vessels from calling on Houston. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Ship Channel legislation signed into law," 17 June 2019 None of that is likely to dissuade Hildebrand, Kennedy or other opponents of mandatory vaccines, for whom the argument comes down to the binary business of parental right to choose. Time, "'They’re Chipping Away.' Inside the Grassroots Effort to Fight Mandatory Vaccines," 13 June 2019 In it, Kolberg said, Barnes tried to get Oden's sister to dissuade her brother from testifying against Barnes. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Defendant in Sandra Parks killing chooses trial in front of judge after hearing from potential jurors," 10 June 2019

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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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The first known use of dissuade was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of dissuade

: to convince (someone) not to do something


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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