Definition of dissuade
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)
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
Recent Examples of dissuade from the Web
Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, made one last attempt to dissuade the president in a televised interview on CNBC on Thursday before the decision was announced.
Hayes said he not dissuaded by his Dolphins teammates who haven’t bought into his beliefs.
Some of the efforts to dissuade Trump from withdrawing actually had the reverse effect, further entrenching his original position.
The performance against Francisco didn’t dissuade boxing experts from removing Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) among boxing’s top fighters.
These questions alone would not dissuade me from the legitimacy of using Mortenson’s books as teaching tools for children–
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Origin and Etymology of dissuade
Middle French or Latin; Middle 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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