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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.
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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Examples for dissuaded
  • The people who want to do it aren't dissuaded by a screw.
  • Others have been dissuaded from applying by hidebound teachers and careers advisers, who deter them from aspiring to such things.
  • She said she didn't know that, but she didn't seem at all dissuaded.
  • They climb, and they will not be dissuaded from the treasure on which they've set their sights.
  • If you choose to protest outside a circus notorious for animal cruelty, any dissuaded customers become economic losses.
  • But the large upfront cash needed to purchase a system has dissuaded potentially interested parties.
British Dictionary definitions for dissuaded


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 dissuaded
1510s, from L. dissuadere "to advise against," from dis- "off, against" + suadere "to urge" (see suasion). Related: Dissuaded.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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