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[dih-sweyd] /dɪˈsweɪd/
verb (used with object), dissuaded, dissuading.
to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from):
She dissuaded him from leaving home.
Archaic. to advise or urge against:
to dissuade an action.
Origin of dissuade
1505-15; < Latin dissuādēre, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + suādēre to recommend, urge, derivative of suād-, base of suāvis tasting agreeable; see suave
Related forms
dissuadable, adjective
dissuader, noun
predissuade, verb (used with object), predissuaded, predissuading.
undissuadable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Don't let the fact that they're free dissuade you from trying them.
  • And therefore they'll see persecution everywhere, there's really no use trying to dissuade them otherwise.
  • These eye-catching patterns serve to dissuade and confuse potential predators.
  • It is possible also that it might dissuade them from attack or from planning for future attack.
  • Graduate school attracts single-minded people who, once set on a course, are difficult to dissuade.
  • But they also worry that the attention will dissuade people with serious debt problems from getting the help they need.
  • The only value would be to dissuade an invasion.
  • But those stories did not dissuade the researchers, who had seen evidence to the contrary.
  • As mentioned before, a market downturn definitely shouldn't dissuade you from investing.
  • So that threat alone should dissuade anyone from contemplating such action.
British Dictionary definitions for dissuade


verb (transitive)
(often foll by from) to deter (someone) by persuasion from a course of action, policy, etc
to advise against (an action, etc)
Derived Forms
dissuadable, adjective
dissuader, noun
dissuasion, noun
dissuasive, adjective
dissuasively, adverb
dissuasiveness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dissuādēre, from dis-1 + suādēre to persuade
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Word Origin and History for dissuade

1510s, from Middle French dissuader and directly from Latin dissuadere "to advise against, oppose by argument," from dis- "off, against" (see dis-) + suadere "to urge" (see suasion). Related: Dissuaded; dissuading.

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