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Meaning of DETER

Pronunciation:  di'tur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  turn away from by persuasion; "Negative campaigning will only dissuade people"
  2. [v]  try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth"

DETER is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: discourage, dissuade
 Antonyms: persuade, sway
 See Also: advise, counsel, disapprove, reject, talk out of



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*ter"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deterred}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Deterring}.] [L. deterrere; de + terrere to frighten,
terrify. See {Terror}.]
To prevent by fear; hence, to hinder or prevent from action
by fear of consequences, or difficulty, risk, etc. --Addison.

      Potent enemies tempt and deter us from our duty.

      My own face deters me from my glass.     --Prior.

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