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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The bill would crack down on tactics used by brand-name drug manufacturers to dissuade generic competitors, aiming to eliminate anti-competitive behavior and allow the free market to bring down prices. Emmarie Huetteman, USA TODAY, "Voters say Congress needs to curb drug prices, but are lawmakers listening?," 11 Nov. 2019 Gathering in such large groups helps dissuade predators like lions, leopards, hyenas, and African wild dogs. Kylie Mohr, National Geographic, "African buffalo," 9 Nov. 2019 Additionally, imposing restrictions on the times the home is available for showings can dissuade traffic. Shannon Cobb Evans, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: What should you do to help sell your home?," 9 Nov. 2019 Since then, trustees have sought to dissuade Morath from implementing a full takeover. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Harlandale trustees could pick new superintendent by end of year," 6 Nov. 2019 Even a one-time increase of 10%-15% is unlikely to dissuade large numbers of customers from dining out. Nicole Hallett, Quartz at Work, "Raising the minimum wage in restaurants is good news for everyone," 4 Nov. 2019 The House passed a similar resolution in 1984 but successive administrations have laboured to dissuade legislators from using the g-word for fear of alienating Turkey, an American strategic partner. The Economist, "The House votes to recognise the persecution of Armenians as genocide," 2 Nov. 2019 Even a one-time increase of 10% to 15% is unlikely to dissuade large numbers of customers from dining out. Nicole Hallett, The Conversation, "Raising the minimum wage in restaurants could be a win for everyone," 28 Oct. 2019 The idea behind the initiative was that such transparency might dissuade industry payments to physicians, which research has shown time and again influences prescribing and care practices. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Report: More than half of all US doctors get money from pharma each year," 18 Oct. 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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14 Nov 2019

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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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