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 Soleimani strike reflected Trump’s preference for quick strikes designed to dissuade adversaries over longer and costlier deployments, such as the U.S. troop presence in Syria. Washington Post, "Killing of Soleimani reflects an aggressive national security team not inclined to curb Trump," 12 Jan. 2020 While the facts of the cases vary, the plaintiffs are generally using defamation law not just for its usual purpose — to dissuade damaging speech about them — but also as a tool to enlist the courts to endorse their version of disputed events. New York Times, "#MeToo Cases’ New Legal Battleground: Defamation Lawsuits," 12 Jan. 2020 That his threat would be a war crime is unlikely to dissuade Trump from carrying it out. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Next Impeachable Offense is Nigh," 6 Jan. 2020 Without a flavoring ban, there aren’t any big-picture policy ideas in the works to dissuade teens from vaping. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "High schoolers are still vaping like crazy," 18 Dec. 2019 The video shows Kidd riding over one of the street’s speed bumps, infrastructure designed to slow down cars and to dissuade drivers who typically use neighborhood streets to get around busier arterials. Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Unipiper hit while riding – on 2 wheels - on SE Portland bike-friendly street," 13 Dec. 2019 Several escalators are broken and police are posted at the exits to dissuade would-be thieves. Kim Bhasin, chicagotribune.com, "It’s the most desperate time of the year — for retailers," 6 Dec. 2019 The state of Florida, reacting to crossing deaths along major railroad corridors, kicked off a $60 million plan Thursday to dissuade motorists from trying to beat speeding trains across the tracks. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida commits $60 million in bid to curb railroad crossing deaths," 5 Dec. 2019 Or perhaps a magic box in the cockpit somehow interrupts service to dissuade in-flight use. Christopher Schaberg, The Atlantic, "The Mobile Dead Zone on Airplanes," 1 Dec. 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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24 Jan 2020

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“Dissuade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissuading. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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