Definition of dissuade in US English:



[with object]
  • Persuade (someone) not to take a particular course of action.

    ‘his friends tried to dissuade him from flying’
    • ‘The less frequent services combined with the theory of ‘key interchange points’ will make personal journey times much longer and journeys more inconvenient, thus further dissuading people from using buses.’
    • ‘I had, of course, tried to dissuade him, if only for his own safety, but he would have none of it.’
    • ‘Jones claims it is dissuading people and families from England from even considering moving to Scotland.’
    • ‘There are, of course, some writers who would dissuade us from imagining any radical change in this area at all.’
    • ‘But more importantly we are also dissuading adults from giving them guns or war toys,’ Mutota said.’
    • ‘The pictures on their packaging are actually dissuading me from buying a product.’
    • ‘Instead of dissuading him from further crime, the fact of having been labelled a criminal may be sufficient to make him what, if we believe his protestations of innocence, he was not.’
    • ‘The MP said the government's policy of creating large dental centres away from most people's homes is dissuading potential patients from registering.’
    • ‘The orator persuades or dissuades someone, to argue for or against adopting a proposed opinion or course of action; the auditors play the role of critics.’
    • ‘When she had made up her mind on something it was quite hard to dissuade her from the course she had chosen.’
    • ‘Her family feared for her life and tried dissuading her from contesting the elections.’
    • ‘They say family planning services are often targeted at women, dissuading men from taking an interest in contraception and sexual health.’
    • ‘Price, maintenance costs and traffic are the principal factors dissuading people from buying a car.’
    • ‘The officials, some speaking on condition of anonymity, said inspection leaders believe Iraq may be dissuading scientists from agreeing to confidential interviews despite its public promise to the contrary last Monday.’
    • ‘These fears may no longer be dissuading students from going abroad, as more juniors than usual will be studying abroad spring semester.’
    • ‘She had warned the demon, dissuaded him till the very end when it had become so painfully clear that it had been all going wrong.’
    • ‘If nothing else, aren't we dissuading other scientists from coming forward?’
    • ‘Ferry said that traditional attitudes towards women's roles in the family had an intangible effect, dissuading women from scientific work.’
    • ‘We wanted to keep her close to us so we dissuaded her from taking up that course.’
    • ‘Reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies and unwanted births requires far more than attempts at dissuading poor people from having sex.’
    discourage, deter, prevent, disincline, turn aside, divert, sidetrack
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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘advise against’): from Latin dissuadere, from dis- (expressing reversal) + suadere ‘advise, persuade’.