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.