dissuasive

adjective
dis·​sua·​sive | \ di-ˈswā-siv How to pronounce dissuasive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of dissuasive

: tending to dissuade a dissuasive effect

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Other Words from dissuasive

dissuasively adverb
dissuasiveness noun

Examples of dissuasive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hamburg’s privacy regulator, representing Germany, wanted a more dissuasive fine, citing a range between €7 million and €22 million, according to the European board. Sam Schechner, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2020 To critics, dissuasive approaches (often called defensive design or hostile architecture) can be subtly pernicious and even downright cruel. Kurt Kohlstedt, Wired, 5 Oct. 2020 There is a third way, which Mexico has little explored: the use of dissuasive, non-lethal force. Mark Stevenson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2019 There is a third way, which Mexico has little explored: the use of dissuasive, non-lethal force. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2019 Central American migrants typically spend 21 days or longer to reach the U.S. border, and word of harsher treatment from U.S. authorities will take longer to reach their countries and have a dissuasive effect, administration officials said. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2018 Central American migrants typically spend 21 days or longer to reach the U.S. border, and word of harsher treatment from U.S. authorities will take longer to reach their countries and have a dissuasive effect, administration officials said. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, 6 June 2018 Central American migrants typically spend 21 days or longer to reach the U.S. border, and word of harsher treatment from U.S. authorities will take longer to reach their countries and have a dissuasive effect, administration officials said. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2018 Central American migrants typically spend 21 days or longer to reach the U.S. border, and word of harsher treatment from U.S. authorities will take longer to reach their countries and have a dissuasive effect, administration officials said. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of dissuasive

1609, in the meaning defined above

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“Dissuasive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissuasive. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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