verb (used with object)
to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding:
The large dog deterred trespassers.
to prevent; check; arrest:
timber treated with creosote to deter rot.
to prevent, hinder, equivalent to
) to discourage (from acting) or prevent (from occurring), usually by instilling fear, doubt, or anxiety
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Many foreign firms are understandably deterred by the prospect of meddling government bureaucrats.
Still, nothing deterred his unsinkable faith in his own genius.
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.
Further disturbing is the fact that this behavior is not prevented or deterred by our lawmakers.
Still, that hasn't deterred a sizable number of people from signing up.
He has also suggested that executions early in the post-election unrest would have deterred demonstrators.
But the harsh weather and remoteness of the crash site had deterred anyone from carrying out the mission.
The absence of security has already deterred investment, with serious implications for the whole country's long-term outlook.
And he was not easily deterred from his chosen course.
Despite their strong handshakes and leadership training, businessmen are skittish creatures, easily demoralised and deterred.
Roadside bombs in the neighborhood are a continuing hazard but have not deterred shoppers.
The government should not be deterred by the howls of anger from the teachers' unions.
Many potential whistleblowers are deterred by the practice's less than jolly history.
If more law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry guns, he says, criminals are deterred.
But medicine, once it scents a promising quarry, is unlikely to be deterred.
But the backlash against bail-outs was so intense that it attached stringent conditions that deterred participation.
It has also deterred to certain extent the much needed tourism to the region.
Many smaller businesses are deterred by the cost and the disclosure requirements.
No matter what the law throws in their path, however, the three heroes will not be deterred.
For those not deterred by magic words, though, both firms have an extra surprise.
But this relative good fortune has not deterred complaints.
He had a flair for the grandiose and was not easily deterred by such bureaucracies as city agencies.
Many are deterred from trying to convert by the rigours of the rabbinical courts.
Yet the publicity has not deterred parents and other entrepreneurs from considering educational alternatives.
Prosecutors aren't deterred by such financial considerations.
The company said higher prices had deterred some customers.
The lack of an agreed method has not deterred some experts from coming up with green figures.
Smaller companies are deterred by the investment in market research, distribution and product design needed to sell abroad.
With so much stacked against them, foreign or individual investors are deterred from pursuing reform.
High inflation and interest rates deterred investment.
It will be disappointed by the failure of this bid, but not deterred.
Don't be deterred by the shopping center location, or the way this place resembles a coffee shop.
For preservationists, the short season is a blessing: it has deterred hotel chains from swooping in and putting up high-rises.
That, however, has not deterred some from tasting its deadly white flesh.
If the players were irrational, it wouldn't work bec they would not be deterred by certain annihilation.
There is little sign, so far, that attacks have been deterred.
New doctors may also be deterred from setting up shop in litigation havens, however prestigious.
But going public with a claim is challenging, and many people will continue to be deterred by the consequences.
Studies which don't find for deterrence don't say no one is deterred, but that they couldn't measure those deterred.
Their presence deterred disorder or alerted the community to disorder that could not be deterred.
We were not deterred by his flaunting of fancy technology.
Thus, it seems rather bizarre that someone could be deterred due to fear of breaking a law.
He notes that the cost of bonding and vectoring has deterred telecommunications companies from introducing them until now.
So far, programmers intent on exposing e-book security weaknesses haven't been deterred, even by the possibility of legal action.
When he tried to turn back before ordination, her tears deterred him.
Gang bangers who risk their lives every day are not likely to be deterred by the hazy image of an execution chamber.
Even when faced with an alternative choice of chocolate chips, the rat would not be deterred from helping its fellow rat.
If the ability to form capital is deterred, there will be less capital for private investment.
Such findings suggest that illegal gun carrying can be deterred.
Civil litigation has probably deterred misconduct, but also may discourage appropriately aggressive police work.