- To deter is defined as to keep someone from completing an action by giving them fear or doubt.
An example of to deter is for a policeman to stop you to ask questions.
- determent noun
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verb de·terred, de·ter·ring, de·ters verb, transitive
Origin: Latin dēterrēre : dē-, de- + terrēre, to frighten.
- de·terˈment noun
- de·terˈra·ble adjective
- de·terˈrer noun