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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 deter
      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]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 deterred
      See deter