dis·​sua·​sion | \ di-ˈswā-zhən How to pronounce dissuasion (audio) \

Definition of dissuasion

: the action of dissuading

Examples of dissuasion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And finally, the fact that so many people are voting right now suggests that the dissuasion campaign isn't working. NBC News, 25 Oct. 2020 The dissuasion campaign appears to be working, according to state data. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2020 Depictions of gay and lesbian individuals in entertainment and media are rare, due to government dissuasion or outright censorship. NBC News, 9 Jan. 2020 Nouri Hassan, a 20-year-old model who has worked with big-name commercial brands as well as some up-and-coming designers, says that even without the agency’s explicit dissuasion, models just don’t have much leverage to demand more. Isabel Cristo, The New Republic, 11 Sep. 2019 And on North Korea the same dissuasion-conscious tone comes out of Paris. John Vinocur, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of dissuasion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dissuasion

Middle English dissuasioun, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin dissuasion-, dissuasio, from dissuadēre

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“Dissuasion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissuasion. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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