from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To prevent or discourage from acting, as by means of fear or doubt: "Does negotiated disarmament deter war?” ( Edward Teller). See Synonyms at dissuade.
- intransitive v. To prevent or discourage the occurrence of an action, as by means of fear or doubt: "It's this edge that gives nuclear weapons their power to deter” ( Thomas Powers).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To prevent something from happening.
- v. To persuade someone not to do something; to discourage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To prevent by fear; hence, to hinder or prevent from action by fear of consequences, or difficulty, risk, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To discourage and stop by fear; hence, to stop or prevent from acting or proceeding by any countervailing motive: as, we are often deterred from our duty by trivial difficulties; the state of the road or a cloudy sky may deter a man from undertaking a journey.
- Synonyms To hinder, restrain, keep back.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. turn away from by persuasion
- v. try to prevent; show opposition to
While these adverse effects should certainly not deter from the use of these compounds where absolutely indicated (given the considerable morbidity associated with severe psychiatric disorders), avoidance of weight gain remains an important challenge that needs to be addressed.
Do not let the Young Adult label deter you either.
Don't let those nasty e-mails and phone calls deter you from your position.
And I think Calderon can do more for the poor people of Mexico, more to create employment, more to over the long term deter immigration to the United States, which is what we all want.
Would not such a name deter the seamen of the future?
Does sickness, and misery, and ruin deter the vicious from the commission of sin?
There must be consistent action again the menace, only then will a jail term deter others.
(I don’t think it’s controversial to concede that curricula play a significant role in determining the character and quality of education — but feel free to disagree withme.)
Longer prison terms deter people from crime; there are only 10 new criminals a year.
BUCHANAN: To say that the death penalty does not deter, which is the most serious penalty, is to say that no penalty really deters, and we ought to do away with punishment.