• WordNet 3.6
    • v deter turn away from by persuasion "Negative campaigning will only dissuade people"
    • v deter try to prevent; show opposition to "We should discourage this practice among our youth"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "dexterity", to do with skill is related to the right hand. The opposite of the word "deter" is "sinister", to do with evil, it is related to the left hand
    • v. t Deter 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.""My own face deters me from my glass."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deter 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.
    • deter Synonyms To hinder, restrain, keep back.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deter de-tėr′ to frighten from: to hinder or prevent
    • pr.p Deter deter′ring; pa.p. deterred′
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  • Horace
    “We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “O Lord, how many read the Word, and yet from vice are not deterred.”
  • John Foster Dulles
    John Foster Dulles
    “Our capacity to retaliate must be, and is, massive in order to deter all forms of aggression.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deterrere,; de, + terrere, to frighten, terrify. See Terror


In literature:

This did not deter me.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
But some inherited instinct deterred her.
"Elizabeth's Campaign" by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
Competitive exhibition of prowess will inspire the less able birds with a deterring fear.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
The past may suggest, but it can do little either in directing or deterring.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
But the thought of old Dr. Hawley's presence in the building deterred her.
"Leonora" by Arnold Bennett
But again that lack of proof deterred her.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
This fact, however, did not deter her from reading it yet again, her chin upon her hand.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Let no consideration deter us from pleading our own cause temperately but firmly, and we shall certainly receive a favourable audience.
"Political Pamphlets" by George Saintsbury
This too frequently drives away and deters even an adventurous poet?
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
So far from being deterred by it, he was more than ever determined to act.
"The End Of The World" by Edward Eggleston

In poetry:

Shall night allay his high unrest?
Shall Time his destinies aver,
Or darkened vastitude deter
His feet from their immortal quest?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Said the manicure scissors one day,
"The shears always have their own way,
And I think it absurd
That I am deterred
From entering into life's fray.
"The Discontented Manicure Scissors" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
But this shall not deter my lyre,
Nor check my simple strain;
If I have not the old-time fire,
I know the ancient pain:
The hurt of unfulfilled desire,--
The ember quenched by rain.
"On A Sea Wall" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Afeard she fled, and with heated head
I pursued to the chamber she called her own;
—When might is right no qualms deter,
And having her helpless and alone
I wreaked my lust on her.
"San Sebastian" by Thomas Hardy
But if pure truths, like virgin snows,
You loud proclaim, to friends and foes,
Consoling these, deterring those,
To heaven you'll fly;
Though stubborn sinners still oppose,
And graceless die.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
I may not ponder here nor muse,
Nor let the plain truth designate
The things it would. The hangman's noose
Unmans, deters, doth reinstate
The inquisition and its hell
Of terror, tyrannous and fell.
"Lines To Caste" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Cold, wet weather didn't deter Wisconsin voters from turning out in near record numbers on Election Day.
Ethics probe not enough to deter Balfour's re-election.
Voter problems didn't deter these civic heroes.
Long lines don't deter voters at Rio Rancho site.
Rain doesn't deter trick-or-treaters in Marysville this Halloween SLIDESHOW.
Superstorm fails to deter marathoners.
NFL hopes to deter players from faking injuries.
Sandy doesn't deter area's early voters.
Snow and cold doesn't deter some Smokies visitors.
Millage to Deter Health "Doughnut Hole".
There were no differences in the number of bedbugs observed in either area, suggesting that bedbugs were neither deterred by nor attracted to sound waves emitted by any of the devices .
Inter-governmental regulation of the Internet could deter investment, raise costs for consumers and hinder online access, a US diplomat said on Wednesday.
Millage to Deter Health " Doughnut Hole".
I have a few childhood memories of flurries on Halloween, which did not deter us from going door to door.
South Korea also is planning two major military drills with the US by July in a display of force intended to deter future aggression by North Korea, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In science:

This creates unnecessary burdens on the users and deters them from adopting emerging social content sites.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
This assertion constrains the search to deter mine a plan that minimizes the value of the expression F E .
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
Ordering of eigenvalues is deter|λk | ≥ |λk+1 |, with the supplementary condition mined by the condition: Imλk > Imλk+1 for a pair of the complex conjugate values.
Asymmetric random matrices: What do we need them for?
Brown, “Rationale and summary of methods for deter mining ultrasonic properties of materials at lawrence livermore national laboratory,” Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United Sta tes), Tech.
Compressed Beamforming in Ultrasound Imaging
Although, we must consider that the radius discrepancymetallicity correlation is severely complicated by the fact that metallicities of M dwarfs are notoriously difficult to deter mine observationally.
Reevaluating the Mass-Radius Relation for Low-Mass, Main Sequence Stars