deter definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To Stop or discourage from acting, as by means of concern or question: "Does negotiated disarmament deter war?” ( Edward Teller). See Synonyms at dissuade.
    • To prevent by worry; therefore, to hinder or prevent from activity by concern with effects, or difficulty, risk, etc.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To Stop or discourage the incident of an action, as by means of anxiety or question: "It's this side that offers nuclear tools their particular power to deter” ( Thomas Powers).
  • verb:
    • to avoid anything from happening.
    • To sway some one to not take action; to discourage.
    • turn away from by persuasion
    • you will need to avoid; show opposition to
  • others:
    • To discourage preventing by fear; therefore, to cease or avoid from acting or proceeding by any countervailing motive: as, our company is frequently deterred from our duty by insignificant problems; hawaii of road or a cloudy sky may deter a man from undertaking a journey.
    • Synonyms To impede, restrain, keep back.

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