Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To deter (a person) from a course of action or a purpose by persuasion or exhortation: dissuaded my friend from pursuing such a rash scheme.

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  • v. To convince not to try or do.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • v. turn away from by persuasion

Etymologies

Latin dissuādēre : dis-, dis- + suādēre, to advise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dissuādeō ("I urge differently”, “I advise against”, “I dissuade"), from dis- ("away from”, “asunder") + suādeō ("I recommend”, “I advise”, “I urge"). (Wiktionary)

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