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[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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  • Many foreign firms are understandably deterred by the prospect of meddling government bureaucrats.
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  • Regular mint has never deterred them before so this is new.
  • The number of attacks they've really deterred is questionable, at best.
  • Some foreign investors, who frequently cite concern about weak growth, may have been deterred by the low reported rates.
  • The experiments confirmed that an increase in tail temperature effectively deterred the snakes from approaching.
  • Criminal syndicates, seduced by profits to be made, are not deterred by bans on elephant hunting.
  • Foreign investors and tourists will both be deterred by the political instability and risk of violence.
  • The decision was, in any event, probably inevitable since financial-market turmoil at the time deterred such bold ventures.
  • Relentless wind has probably deterred many a newcomer to this land.
British Dictionary definitions for deterred

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 deterred

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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