Definition of Deter

1. Verb. Try to prevent; show opposition to. "They deter him from writing the letter"; "We should discourage this practice among our youth"

Exact synonyms: Discourage
Generic synonyms: Disapprove, Reject
Derivative terms: Deterrence, Deterrent, Deterrent, Discouragement

2. Verb. Turn away from by persuasion. "They deter him to write the letter"; "Negative campaigning will only dissuade people"
Exact synonyms: Dissuade
Specialized synonyms: Talk Out Of
Generic synonyms: Advise, Counsel, Rede
Derivative terms: Determent, Deterrence, Deterrent, Dissuasion, Dissuasion, Dissuasive
Antonyms: Persuade

Definition of Deter

1. v. t. To prevent by fear; hence, to hinder or prevent from action by fear of consequences, or difficulty, risk, etc.

Definition of Deter

1. Verb. To prevent something from happening. ¹

2. Verb. To persuade someone not to do something; to discourage. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Deter

1. to stop from proceeding [v -TERRED, -TERRING, -TERS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Deter

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deter (current term)
deterge
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deteriorated

Literary usage of Deter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1873)
"‘ But such a law as is proposed,' your correspondent thinks, ‘ would not deter men from the crime.' Because ‘ if the fear of God did not deter them, ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1901)
"The first step, and the sum of all the steps, being chosen in accordance with data of the resistances of the baths deter- FIG. 7. Working Table. bave scales ..."

3. Dictionary of national biography by Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1901)
"Syllabus of Plane Algebraical Geometry,' Oxford, I860. 2. ' For- BM!B of Fine Trigonometry,' Oxford, 1861. 3. 'Am Elementary Treatise on deter- •maau,' ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1883)
"that, but the two statements could not harmonize, and I see you use the word 'deter;' it would have deterred you." "That is true. ..."

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