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-Couch>b 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

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verb dis·suade \di-ˈswād\

Definition of dissuade for Students

dissuaded

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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