Definition of dissuade
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>
Examples of dissuade in a sentence
Our warnings did not dissuade them.
<tried to dissuade her from her intention to drop out of college>
Did You Know?
Dissuade is the opposite of persuade, though it's a less common word. The dissuading may be done by a person or by something else: A bad weather forecast may dissuade a fisherman from going out to sea that day, but a warning on a cigarette pack almost never dissuades a real smoker from having his or her next cigarette.
Origin and Etymology of dissuade
Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French dissuader, from Latin dissuadēre, from dis- + suadēre to urge — more at sweet
First Known Use: 15th century
DISSUADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dissuade for English Language Learners
: to convince (someone) not to do something
DISSUADE Defined for Kids
Definition of dissuade for Students
: 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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