An example of to deter is for a policeman to stop you to ask questions.
transitive verb-·terred′, -·ter′ring
Origin of deterClassical Latin deterrere from de-, from + terrere, to frighten: see terror
transitive verbde·terred, de·ter·ring, de·ters
- To prevent or discourage from acting, as by means of fear or doubt: threats that did not deter her from speaking out; skin chemicals that deter predators.
- To prevent or discourage (an action or behavior): installed surveillance cameras to deter vandalism.
- To make less likely or prevent from happening: protocols to deter infection.
Origin of deterLatin dēterrēre dē- de- terrēre to frighten
(third-person singular simple present deters, present participle deterring, simple past and past participle deterred)