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To prevent something from happening.
To persuade someone not to do something; to discourage.
From Latin dēterreō (“deter, discourage”), from de (“from”) + terreō (“I frighten”).
Latin dēterrēre dē- de- terrēre to frighten
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
It's my responsibility to monitor and deter them in the mortal world, Rhyn said.
Some people wish to deter herons from fish ponds.
I have tried everything to deter this terrible behavior, but nothing seems to work.
Spray furniture with Bitter Apple to deter dog chewing.
In addition, it may deter you from attempting to fix your own camera.
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