dissuade

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verb dis·suade \di-ˈswād\

Definition of dissuade

dissuaded

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dissuading

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to advise (a person) against something dissuading us from base thoughts, low ends, ignoble gains … — A. T. Quiller-Couchb archaic :  to advise against (an action)

  3. 2 :  to turn from something by persuasion unable to dissuade him from going

dissuader

noun

Examples of dissuade in a sentence

  1. Our warnings did not dissuade them.

  2. 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

dissuade

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verb dis·suade \di-ˈswād\

Definition of dissuade for English Language Learners

  • : to convince (someone) not to do something


DISSUADE Defined for Kids

dissuade

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verb dis·suade \di-ˈswād\

Definition of dissuade for Students

dissuaded

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dissuading

  1. :  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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