Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To prevent (someone) from a purpose or course of action by persuasion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To advise or exhort against something; attempt to draw or divert from an action by the presentation of reasons or motives: as, he dissuaded his friend from his rash purpose.
  • To change from a purpose by persuasion or argument.
  • To give advice against; represent as undesirable, improper, or dangerous.
  • To give advice in opposition to some proposed course of action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Obsolescent To advise or exhort against; to try to persuade (one from a course).
  • transitive verb To divert by persuasion; to turn from a purpose by reasons or motives; -- with from.

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  • verb transitive To convince not to try or do.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb turn away from by persuasion

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin dissuādēre : dis-, dis- + suādēre, to advise; see swād- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin dissuādeō ("I urge differently”, “I advise against”, “I dissuade"), from dis- ("away from”, “asunder") + suādeō ("I recommend”, “I advise”, “I urge").

Examples

  • One adventurous run that is sure to create a lifetime memory takes you to the majestic Towers of Paine, but don’t let the name dissuade you.

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  • Albeit a funny name; don't let the name dissuade you.

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  • If you let the title dissuade you from checking out the post, you'll be missing one of those rare moments when absurd TV becomes meta-absurd and threatens the existence of the very foundation of all we hold sacred.

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  • If you let the title dissuade you from checking out the post, you'll be missing one of those rare moments when absurd TV becomes meta-absurd and threatens the existence of the very foundation of all we hold sacred.

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  • Historically speaking, Penn state enacted this rule years ago in helping to "dissuade" the ownership of semiauto weapons.

    What's Up with Pennsylvania

  • Historically speaking, Penn state enacted this rule years ago in helping to "dissuade" the ownership of semiauto weapons.

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  • Chinese officials, while they try to "dissuade" her from her cause, are always "extremely nice," she said.

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  • GRACE: ... you would think, after all the publicity surrounding Mary Kay Letourneau and getting it on in, what was it, a Volkswagen Rabbit, after she got out on bond, that that would kind of dissuade other elementary school teachers from doing the same.

    CNN Transcript May 5, 2006

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