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deter

[dih-tur] /dɪˈtɜr/
verb (used with object), deterred, deterring.
1.
to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding:
The large dog deterred trespassers.
2.
to prevent; check; arrest:
timber treated with creosote to deter rot.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin dēterrēre to prevent, hinder, equivalent to dē- de- + terrēre to frighten
Related forms
determent, noun
deterrable, adjective
deterrability, noun
deterrer, noun
undeterrability, noun
undeterrable, adjective
undeterrably, adverb
undeterred, adjective
undeterring, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for determent

deter

/dɪˈtɜː/
verb -ters, -terring, -terred
1.
(transitive) to discourage (from acting) or prevent (from occurring), usually by instilling fear, doubt, or anxiety
Derived Forms
determent, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēterrēre, from de- + terrēre to frighten
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Word Origin and History for determent

deter

v.

1570s, from Latin deterrere "to frighten from, discourage from," from de- "away" (see de-) + terrere "frighten" (see terrible). Deterrent is from 1829.

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