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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of discourage.


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  • There's also the conspiracy theory, big media is clearly biased to the left, and by 'conviently' releasing polls showing a Kerry win discourages the right, blah, blah, blah.

    Exit Polls, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • excluding a word discourages its use in any context

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Inartful Isn’t In

  • She does not repel him, but her bored and absent expression discourages any amorous action and withers the kisses at the very moment when they alight upon her flesh.

    The Choice of Life

  • No, this "kind of vilification and over-the-top rhetoric" discourages "compromise ... undermines democratic deliberation ... robs us of a rational and serious debate."

    The President and the Politics of Civility

  • Beijing officially "discourages" investment in certain industries including mining of rare-earth minerals.

    BHP Rebuff Is Latest in Protectionist Wave

  • The foolish question of whether a bunch of politicians nattering on about an incremental policy shift "discourages" the troops.

    John McQuaid: Unwind the Coil of Denial on Iraq

  • This fear is not a fear of diffidence or distrust, such as discourages the soul, for such fear frights from religion, it cuts the sinews of endeavour; but holy fear lest we miss the kingdom of heaven, is a fear of diligence; it quickens us in the use of means, and puts us forward, that we may not fail of our hope.

    The Lord's Prayer

  • "discourages" the policymakers and especially bureaucrats in taking decisions as "they are always scared that the CAG will ask why this was done and why so much money was spent."

    NDTV News - Top Stories

  • • Ethnic minorities have a stronger preference for in-group marriage, in part because they have more religiously homogeneous social networks, but also because ethnic identification itself discourages religious intermarriage.

    American Grace

  • The protests could "ruin the economy," he said, if the continued unrest discourages tourism and foreign investment.

    Syria's Sluggish Economy Adds to Regime's Troubles


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