dis·​sua·​sion di-ˈswā-zhən How to pronounce dissuasion (audio)
: the action of dissuading

Examples of dissuasion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Initially, the employers countered the organizing campaigns with criticism of unions and other means of dissuasion. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, 22 May 2023 The brief lays out a three-pronged approach: deterrence against North Korean military threats, dissuasion of the regime’s nuclear pursuits through sanctions and pressure, and diplomacy to re-engage Pyongyang in disarmament talks. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2022 The French translation of deterrence is essentially dissuasion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2021 Soon the season for tomato dissuasion rolls around again. New York Times, 28 July 2021 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dissuasion was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dissuasion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissuasion. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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