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

  • n. The act or an instance of dissuading.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act or an instance of dissuading

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of dissuading; exhortation against a thing; dehortation.
  • n. A motive or consideration tending to dissuade; a dissuasive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of dissuading; advice or exhortation in opposition to something; diversion or an attempt to divert from a purpose or measure by advice or argument; dehortation.
  • n. A dissuasive influence or motive; a deterring action or effect.

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

  • n. persuading not to do or believe something; talking someone out of a belief or an intended course of action
  • n. a communication that dissuades you


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dissuāsiō, dissuāsiōn-, from dissuāsus, past participle of dissuādēre, to dissuade; see dissuade.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English dissuasioun, from Middle French dissuasion. (Wiktionary)



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