Definition Of deter


discourage (someone) from doing something, typically by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences.

only a health problem would deter him from seeking re-election

Example Of deter

  • After parasitizing about one-third of the larvae in a host cluster the wasp stops, apparently leaving a mark that deters further parasitism by other individuals.

  • All the academic evidence suggests fear of debt deters people from less prosperous backgrounds.

  • Are we naive enough to think Britain alone would have had the armament to deter aggression during the Cold War?

  • British police and security services are focused on how to deter , to prevent and to combat terrorist attacks here.

  • But when it came to a decision to enforce that guarantee, the horror of war deterred it.

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