de·ter /dɪˈtɝ, di-/
De·ter v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deterred p. pr. & vb. n. Deterring.] To prevent by fear; hence, to hinder or prevent from action by fear of consequences, or difficulty, risk, etc.
Potent enemies tempt and deter us from our duty. --Tillotson.
My own face deters me from my glass. --Prior.
v 1: try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage
this practice among our youth" [syn: discourage]
2: turn away from by persuasion; "Negative campaigning will
only dissuade people" [syn: dissuade] [ant: persuade]
[also: deterring, deterred]