Deter meaning

dĭ-tûr
To keep or discourage (a person, group, or nation) from doing something by instilling fear, anxiety, doubt, etc.
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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.

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To prevent or discourage (an action or behavior).

Installed surveillance cameras to deter vandalism.

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To make less likely or prevent from happening.

Protocols to deter infection.

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To prevent something from happening.
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To persuade someone not to do something; to discourage.
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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.

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Origin of deter

  • Latin dēterrēre dē- de- terrēre to frighten

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dēterreō (“deter, discourage”), from de (“from”) + terreō (“I frighten”).

    From Wiktionary