dissuade

verb
dis·​suade | \ di-ˈswād \
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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Kuentz said that just because the Boy Scouts of America Organization is welcoming girls, doesn't mean that girls should be dissuaded from joining Girl Scouts. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Dearborn pack gets its first female Cub Scouts as group welcomes girls," 2 May 2018 At first, Cyrus tried to stop the auction, offering cash to Sears to dissuade it from flooding the market with cheap notes. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Sears Bankruptcy Battle Tests Swaps Market," 19 Dec. 2018 Don't let the black and white aspect dissuade you from watching this truly LOL-worthy film. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "12 Best Comedy Movies to Binge-Watch on Netflix RN," 18 Aug. 2017 At the end of a narrow street, adjacent to a lumpy gravel parking lot, the newest venture of star Bordeaux chef Jean-Marie Amat is tricky to find, but don't let that dissuade you. Molly Wizenberg, Town & Country, "Vintage Bordeaux," 14 Jan. 2013 The immediate goal of planting this new campaign-finance yardstick is to put her competitors in a bind and potentially even dissuade some from running. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren’s Money Game," 3 Jan. 2019 But if Reid wins, there is little to dissuade people from contributing to online mob behavior of the sort that dragged La Liberte through the mud. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 People who have challenges getting to their polling station (like older people, people with disabilities, or people who don't have easy access to cars or public transportation) might be dissuaded from voting or unable to. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in the Midterm Elections," 2 Nov. 2018 Another chapter considers a woman who can’t be dissuaded from believing that her boyfriend is cheating on her. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘The Incurable Romantic’ Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply," 5 Oct. 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 \
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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